Phillips went 1-for-2 with an RBI triple during a win over the Orioles in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday.
The 26-year-old opened the scoring for the Rays with his second-inning three-bagger, which plated Joey Wendle. The hit was Phillips' first since being acquired from the Royals on Aug. 27. Phillips has only logged eight plate appearances overall in Tampa, however, drawing the start in just two of his first nine games with the club.
Phillips cleared intake testing and was added to Tampa Bay's major-league roster Friday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
The 26-year-old was placed on the COVID-19 injured list while going through intake testing after being acquired from the Rays last week, but he's now been cleared to join his new club. Phillips had a .226/.294/.387 slash line in 34 appearances with the Royals and is unlikely to be a lineup regular in Tampa Bay.
Phillips was placed on the COVID-19 injured list as he undergoes intake testing, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Phillips needs to undergo intake testing for COVID-19 prior to joining his new team, and his placement on the injured list will free up a spot on the 40-man roster for newly-acquired Cody Reed. Phillips will be eligible for reinstatement once he produces a negative COVID-19 test.
Phillips was traded from the Royals to the Rays on Thursday in exchange for Lucius Fox, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Phillips saw limited playing time while serving as outfield depth in Kansas City and hit .226 with two RBI and three stolen bases over 18 games. He should play a similar role with the Rays. The 26-year-old's fantasy upside seems limited even if he sees a slight uptick in playing time, as he carries a .205 batting average with 126 strikeouts in the majors over parts of four seasons.
Phillips went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, a walk and three runs scored in a 14-6 win over Detroit on Monday.
With the game already well out of reach, Phillips clocked a two-run shot in the ninth inning for his first long ball of the year. Unless he can string together a few more big performances at the dish, the 26-year-old may not see consistent playing time with Kansas City.
Phillips had a .269/.387/.346 slash line with two stolen bases and 10 strikeouts in 31 plate appearances during spring training.
Phillips is out of minor-league options and remains a solid bet to be on the big-league roster when play resumes, but the strikeout numbers in the Cactus League indicate he may not be clear of his contact issues. The 25-year-old was promoted to the majors in mid-August but had a horrendous six weeks at the plate with a .509 OPS and 29.1 percent strikeout rate in 79 plate appearances.
Phillips is not in Saturday's lineup against the Astros.
He takes a seat even with a right-handed starter (Zack Greinke) on the hill for Houston. Phillips is just 2-for-19 with zero home runs and one steal in 10 games this month, although he does have a solid 5:4 K:BB over that stretch.
Phillips heads back to the bench Friday against Houston.
Phillips hits the bench for the sixth time in the last 10 games. Bubba Starling gets the start in center field in his absence.
Phillips is not in the lineup Wednesday against the White Sox.
Phillips hits the bench for the third time in four games, with two of his days off coming against righties. Bubba Starling will start in center field.
Phillips remains on the bench Sunday against the Marlins.
Phillips sat against a lefty as usual Saturday, but he'll sit again with right Sandy Alcantara on the mound for Sunday's game. Whit Merrifield moves to center field in his absence.
Phillips is not in the lineup Saturday against lefty Caleb Smith and the Marlins.
Phillips hasn't started against a lefty since getting called up in mid-August. Even with that protection, he hasn't been very good at the plate, hitting .175/.292/.300 through 16 games. Bubba Starling will get the start in center field.
Phillips is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Athletics.
The lefty-hitting Phillips will sit for the second time in the series, with his absence Thursday coming as more of a surprise with a right-hander (Chris Bassitt) on the hill. Hunter Dozier will cover right field while Phillips rests, opening up a spot at third base for Cheslor Cuthbert.
Phillips is not in the lineup Tuesday against Oakland.
Phillips had started seven out of eight contests during a recent stretch but has now sat for two of the last three. He's hitting just .208/.321/.375 through eight games. Bubba Starling starts in center field Tuesday.
Phillips is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Indians, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
Phillips will head to the bench after four straight starts, clearing a spot in the infield for Humberto Arteaga while Whit Merrifield shifts to right field. Though he's only gone 4-for-20 in his seven games since receiving a callup from Triple-A Omaha, Phillips should see steady work over the final few weeks of the season as the rebuilding Royals commit to evaluating their younger players.
Phillips is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Orioles.
The lefty-hitting Phillips will take a seat with southpaw John Means on the bump for Baltimore, ending a streak of three consecutive starts for the outfielder. Phillips will likely compete with rookie Bubba Starling for action in center field the rest of the way, but there could be room for both players in the outfield for games in which manager Ned Yost deploys Jorge Soler as the designated hitter.
Phillips will start in center field and bat eighth Sunday against the Mets.
Phillips has entered the lineup for each of his first three games with the Royals since receiving a callup from Triple-A Omaha on Friday. The outfielder has yet to record a hit in his first seven plate appearances, but he should get the opportunity to see at least semi-regular work with the Royals motivated to evaluate young players with little else on the line at this point in the season.
Phillips was recalled from Triple-A Omaha and is starting in right field and batting fifth Friday against the Mets.
The 25-year-old hit .240/.378/.505 with 18 home runs, 22 steals and a 28.5 percent strikeout rate in 414 plate appearances in the extremely hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. He has a career .222 average and 38.8 percent strikeout rate in 245 MLB plate appearances. Phillips may be able to get on base at a passable clip, in which case he could provide some steals and some power, but he probably won't make enough contact to hit for a decent average. The good news is, he should play almost every day, as Billy Hamilton was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.
Phillips was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday.
Phillips was battling to break camp as the Royals' primary right fielder, but an unimpressive spring -- coupled with the fact that he has a minor-league option remaining -- prompted Kansas City to send him back to Triple-A to open the season. The 24-year-old hit just .167 with 12 strikeouts through 30 at-bats in camp, which mirrored his struggles at the big-league level last season (.187 batting average and 41.5 percent strikeout rate in 147 plate appearances). With the Royals in rebuild mode, Phillips should get a chance to prove himself again at some point in 2019, though he'll need to make more contact if he wants to make any sort of impact. Jorge Bonifacio was also returned to the minors Tuesday, meaning Brian Goodwin will likely open the season as the team's starting right fielder.
Phillips went 0-for-1 with two walks, a strikeout and a run scored in Sunday's win over the Indians.
There was a minor scare Saturday when a 94-mph fastball from the Mariners' Yusei Kikuchi grazed Phillips' helmet, but he stayed in that game and got right back at it Sunday. Phillips is getting on base at a .444 clip through seven Cactus League games and is a plus on defense, but he has a minor-league option left and it's far from a lock that he will be the starter in right field to begin the regular season. Jorge Bonifacio and Brian Goodwin are in the mix as well.
Phillips is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against Cleveland, Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.
Phillips remains on the bench for the second straight game and hasn't seen back-to-back starts since Sept. 20. The Royals continue to avoid over-exposing the 24-year-old in his return from a shoulder injury as Jorge Bonifacio gets another start in right field.
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