The Red Sox officially announced on Tuesday that infielders Brandon Phillips and Rafael Devers will join the big league club in Atlanta, with Phillips being added to the active roster and Devers being activated from the 10-day disabled list.
Phillips, 37, signed a minor league contract with Boston on June 27th after spending the first 16 years of his professional career with the Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, and Los Angeles Angels, where he made three National League All-Star teams, won four Gold Gloves, and won one Silver Slugger.
In 44 minor league games this season, the former second round pick of the Montreal Expos is slashing .304/.348/.474 with five home runs and 26 RBI with both Low A Lowell and Triple A Pawtucket.
Known mostly for his time in a Reds uniform, the savvy Phillips will look to provide his new team with a boost off the bench for this final home stretch of the 2018 season.
Since he was added to Boston’s active roster this late into the year, the North Carolina native will unfortunately be ineligible for any postseason roster next month. But still, it should be fun to watch what he can do given the opportunity during these last 23 games.
Over his career, Phillips has played in just six games at Fenway Park, where he owns a .507 OPS in 26 plate appearances.
As the tweet above reads, Phillips will wear the number zero, meaning he will be the first such player in Red Sox history to do so.
On the other side of this news was the activation of 3B Rafael Devers from the 10-day disabled list.
Having been on the DL with a strain of the left hamstring since August 17th, there is no guarantee that Devers will get regular playing time. He has to earn it, according to Red Sox manager Alex Cora.
With the heavy volume of infielders currently on this team’s active roster in the likes of Ian Kinsler, Eduardo Nunez, Brock Holt, and now Brandon Phillips, it’s understandable why Devers may see his role diminish a bit over the next handful of weeks.
If he’s up to the task of playing at the level he did towards the latter half of last season though, then I’m sure he will still get regular at bats.
In his first full season in the majors, the 21-year-old is slashing .242/.298/.422 with 16 homers and 15 RBI.
First pitch of tonight’s game against the Braves is scheduled for 7:35 PM ET.