Phillips was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday.
Phillips will head back to the minors in order to receive everyday at-bats while making room for Brandon Woodruff on the active roster. During his latest stint with the team, Phillips went 1-for-7 with five strikeouts in seven plate appearances since the beginning of May. Expect to see Phillips return to Milwaukee again in the near future, though it's unlikely he will make an impact in 2018 barring an injury to one or two of the club's outfielders.
Phillips was called up to Milwaukee on Tuesday, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
Phillips is up to replace Brandon Woodruff, but he may not be up for long. Woodruff was expected to be sent down for Wade Miley on Wednesday, so this move might just be a way to get the Brewers an extra bench bat for a day. Phillips went 1-for-7 in a previous short stint with the Brewers in April. He's hitting .288/.434/.455 through 21 games for Triple-A Colorado Springs.
The Brewers have leaned heavily on their bullpen after playing extra-inning games the past two nights, so adding another reliever to the active roster was a greater priority than keeping another reserve outfielder in Phillips around. Phillips played in both of the first two games of the series in St. Louis, going 1-for-7 with four strikeouts.
Phillips was called up to the majors Monday to replace the injured Christian Yelich (oblique).
Phillips has some promise, though he's unlikely to play a large role for the Brewers unless someone else gets injured, as Milwaukee still has three quality outfielders in Ryan Braun, Lorenzo Cain and Domingo Santana. Yelich isn't expected to be out long and is eligible to return April 15, so the most likely outcome for Phillips is that he'll be a bench outfielder for a week before returning to the minors.
Phillips was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Saturday, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Phillips appeared in 37 games with the Brewers in 2017, hitting .276/.351/.448 with four home runs and 12 RBI. He just wasn't able to crack the Opening Day roster with the offseason additions of Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain, but should get another chance to prove his worth at the major-league level in the near future.
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