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Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brett Phillips is back on the bench Friday versus the Rangers.
Phillips got a rare start with Mike Trout sitting in Thursday's series finale in St. Louis but returns to the bench for Friday's series opener against the Rangers. The veteran has made just 15 trips to the plate this season and is just 1-for-12 with three walks and seven strikeouts in that time.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brett Philipps will get the first season of his season Wednesday versus the Nationals.
Phillips has appeared in five games this season in pinch-running and defensive replacement roles as he's made just one trip to the plate to this point. He'll get his first start of the season against Nationals left-hander Mackenzie Gore who owns a quality 2.38 ERA in two starts this season. Phillips hit just .144 with five homers, seven steals, and a .466 OPS across 83 games between the Orioles and Rays last season.
Brett Phillips was acquired by the Orioles, just one day after being designated for assignment by the Rays.
Phillips’ time in Tampa Bay ended Monday when the Rays acquired Jose Siri from the Astros. The 28-year-old is slashing .147/.225/.250 with five home runs, 14 RBIs, and seven stolen bases this season. Phillips will likely factor in as the fourth outfielder for the Orioles, barring a trade of Hays, Mullins, or Santander.
Rays outfielder went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer against the Orioles on Sunday. He also walked and later came around to score. The 28-year-old also tallied one strikeout in the contest. Tampa Bay ultimately defeated Baltimore by a score of 7-5.
Phillips is now slashing .147/.219/.259 with five homers, 13 RBI, 13 walks, 80 strikeouts, and seven stolen bases this season. He was just 1-for-34 over his last 18 games prior to Sunday, so it was refreshing to see the outfielder contribute in a positive fashion.
Rays outfielder Brett Phillips went 0-for-3 with a strikeout against the Pirates on Saturday afternoon. Tampa Bay ultimately picked up a 5-4 victory, walking off Pittsburgh for the second consecutive day.
Phillips was one of two Tampa Bay starters to go hitless during the team's narrow victory to open the weekend. He is now slashing .161/.224/.273 with four homers, 10 RBI, 11 walks, 65 strikeouts, and six stolen bases this season.