Phillips will start in center field and bat ninth Sunday against the Athletics.
Phillips will stick in the lineup for a fifth game in a row, and he should continue to hold down at least a semi-regular role in the Tampa Bay outfield in the short term after Kevin Kiermaier (wrist) was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday. The 26-year-old has been a sneaky source of speed in the first month and change of the season, notching four steals in six attempts.
Phillips went 3-for-4 with a two-run double, a stolen base and a run in a win over the Angels on Thursday.
The utility outfielder made plenty of noise while hitting ninth, and his eighth-inning two-run two-bagger closed out a wild seven-run rally for the Rays during the frame. Phillips started in center field for Kevin Kiermaier with southpaw Andrew Heaney on the hill for the Angels, and he's made a total of 11 appearances in the corner outfield spots in addition to the 11 he's logged in center.
Phillips went 1-for-2 with two walks and two stolen bases Thursday against the Athletics.
Phillips drew the start in right field in place of Manuel Margot and has now made multiple plate appearances in three consecutive games. He took advantage of that opportunity in this one, reaching base thrice and running freely. Phillips has now swiped three bags on the season while hitting .212/.357/.394 across 43 plate appearances.
Phillips went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the A's.
His first homer of the season was a big one, as Phillips put the Rays in the lead for good by taking Frankie Montas deep in the sixth inning. The outfielder has struck out 12 times in 35 plate appearances, par for the course for a player whose contact issues have saddled him with a .199 batting average for his career, but Phillips' defensive prowess and occasional power-speed contributions will continue to earn him semi-regular playing time as part of Tampa Bay's platoon system.
Phillips went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Wednesday's 9-8 loss to the Royals.
Phillips got the start in right in front of Randy Arozarena and stepped up on both sides of the ball. He made a couple of nice catches in the outfield and had his first multi-hit performance of the season. His two hits were his first since April 12, as he's struggled offensively for much of the year so far. The 26-year-old will continue to receive an occasional start but will mainly serve as a late-game specialist for manager Kevin Cash.
Phillips, who was activated from the injured list Friday, has logged three starts -- all in center field -- in his first four games.
Phillips' best performance yet came in Monday's win over the Rangers, when he went 1-for-2 with a double, a walk and his first stolen base of the campaign. The 26-year-old should continue seeing regular playing time during Kevin Kiermaier's (quadriceps) multi-week absence.
Phillips (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day injured list Friday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
The 26-year-old missed the first week of the season after suffering a hamstring strain in mid-March, but he's ready to make his season debut after a brief stay on the shelf. Phillips should operate as Tampa Bay's fourth outfielder behind Austin Meadows, Manuel Margot and Randy Arozarena with Kevin Kiermaier (quadriceps) out for the next several weeks.
Phillips (hamstring) will play in a simulated game Wednesday at the Rays' alternate training site in Port Charlotte, Fla., Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.
Phillips appeared in a simulated game Tuesday, and he apparently fared well since he'll take part in activities for a second straight day Wednesday. The 26-year-old is eligible to be activated from the 10-day injured list as early as Friday, and he should serve as a backup outfielder for the Rays once he's available.
Phillips (hamstring) is scheduled to play in a simulated game Tuesday at the Rays' spring-training facility in Port Charlotte, Fla., Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Assuming Phillips checks out fine during the simulated game, he could be ready to return from the 10-day injured list when first eligible Friday. Whenever Tampa Bay elects to activate Phillips, he'll likely serve as a fourth or fifth outfielder.
Phillips (hamstring) was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
The move was essentially procedural, as Phillips isn't expected to return during the first week of the season. The reserve outfielder is dealing with a Grade 1 hamstring strain that was diagnosed March 15 and is expected to carry a 3-to-4-week recovery timeline.
Phillips (hamstring) has been working diligently on his rehabilitation but remains "a ways out" from returning according to manager Kevin Cash, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Phillips was diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring strain March 15 and projected to miss 3-to-4 weeks, so this report essentially conforms with that timeframe. The 26-year-old is expected to serve as a backup option at all three outfield spots when healthy.
Phillips was diagnosed with a Grade 1 hamstring strain and will miss 3-to-4 weeks, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.
Phillips will likely open the year on the 10-day injured list. This could test the Rays' depth, as Ji-Man Choi (knee) could also open the year on the shelf. Austin Meadows, Randy Arozarena, Kevin Kiermaier and Manuel Margot will likely be leaned on heavily to start the season.
Rays manager Kevin Cash said Phillips (hamstring) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Phillips was still sore one day after exiting the Rays' game against Atlanta with left hamstring tightness, so the team will send him in for imaging to gain a better idea on the extent of his injury. If Phillips is diagnosed with even a low-grade strain following his MRI, his chances of breaking camp with the Rays would take a significant hit.
Phillips was removed from Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves due to left hamstring tightness, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Phillips, who started in center field, went 1-for-1 with a double and a run scored before the injury forced him out of the contest. The Rays will likely re-evaluate Phillips in the next day or two before determining when he might be fit to return to Grapefruit League action.
Phillips delivered an RBI single that resulted in the game-winning run in his only plate appearance during the win over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday.
The 26-year-old entered as a pinch runner for Ji-Man Choi during the bottom of the eighth inning and remained in the game as a defensive replacement, and he came up to bat with two outs in the ninth with the Rays trailing 7-6 with runners on first and second. Phillips' RBI single to center field was misplayed by Chris Taylor, and the subsequent relay was missed by catcher Will Smith, allowing Randy Arozarena to score the winning run despite falling down halfway to home plate. Phillips is as unlikely a hero as anyone, since he was left off the roster for the ALCS and his last plate appearance before Game 4 came over two weeks ago in the ALDS versus the Yankees, but he came through in the clutch for the Rays on Saturday.
Phillips was added to the Rays' roster for the World Series on Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Phillips has gotten into four playoff games this year but has come to the plate just twice, going 0-for-2. He was not part of the roster for the ALCS, but with off days returning for the World Series, the Rays will go with one more position player and one fewer reliever.
The Rays optioned Phillips (hamstring) to their taxi squad Sunday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Phillips hadn't started in a game for the Rays since he was removed from the Sept. 27 regular-season finale with right hamstring tightness, but he was healthy enough to make four appearances off the bench between Tampa Bay's wild-card round series win over the Blue Jays and divisional-round series win over the Yankees. He was removed from the roster for the Rays' ALCS matchup with the Astros in favor of reliever Jose Alvarado, who will provide the team with another left-handed option out of the bullpen.
Phillips was removed from Sunday's game against the Phillies with right hamstring tightness, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Phillips apparently tweaked his hamstring while playing the field as he did not have an at-bat prior to exiting the contest. The Rays labeled the 26-year-old's removal as precautionary, but his availability heading into the playoffs is now in question.
Phillips went 2-for-2 with a home run, two RBI and two walks in Friday's win against the Phillies.
Phillips reached base four times in Friday's contest as he started the Rays' scoring with a second-inning single and tied the game with a solo blast in the sixth inning. He's logged 17 at-bats while serving in a depth role with the Rays, slashing .176/.364/.471 with three RBI and three stolen bases during that time.
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.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/15||vs NYM||W 12-5||5||0||1||0||2||0||0|
|05/14||vs NYM||W 3-2||4||0||1||0||1||0||0|
|05/13||vs NYY||W 9-1||4||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|05/12||vs NYY||L 0-1||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/11||vs NYY||L 1-3||3||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|05/09||@ OAK||W 4-3||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/08||@ OAK||L 3-6||4||0||1||0||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2013||AFX-Quad Cities River Ba||12||39||4||9||2||0||0||3||3||10||1||1||.231||.286||.282|
|2014||AFX-Quad Cities River Ba||103||384||68||116||21||12||13||58||36||76||18||10||.302||.362||.521|
|2015||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||31||134||22||43||8||4||1||18||8||26||7||2||.321||.372||.463|
|2017||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||105||383||79||117||23||10||19||78||45||129||9||1||.305||.377||.567|
|2018||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||71||258||42||62||12||7||6||25||36||94||11||0||.240||.331||.411|
|2019||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||105||333||75||80||8||13||18||54||72||118||22||1||.240||.378||.504|