Oh, so close

Note: Jays lost a 10-0 laugher to the visiting Phils Saturday afternoon. Rubber match set for tomorrow at 1:07 pm. Moving on …

Today, this space is dedicated to Kyle Phillips.

It’s the least we can do after the San Diego native had his first call up to the major leagues ‘voided’ Saturday morning.

Phillips, 25, was due to report to the Blue Jays from Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday after Toronto catcher Rod Barajas injured himself Friday night and was expected to placed on the 15-day disabled list. At the time, the Jays announced that Phillips would be summoned from Triple-A for his first taste of the major leagues, and that pitcher Shaun Marcum would be moved to the 60-day DL to open up a spot on the 40-man roster. 

Saturday morning, however, the Jays announced that Barajas ‘felt better’ and that he would not be placed on the DL after all. Good news for the Blue Jays. Bad news for Phillips.

It’s not known (at least not to us) whether Phillips was told he was being called up by the Blue Jays shortly after the injury to Barajas. We hope not – for his sake – because that second call (or conversation with Las Vegas manager Mike Basso) would have been difficult to swallow. At any rate, Phillips is aware now just how close he was to receiving his first trip to the major leagues.

He’s certainly deserving of the call up. In 39 games at Triple-A this season, Phillips is batting .338 (48-142) with three homers and 12 RBI. He has an on-base percentage of .404 and an OPS of .854. This follows up a year in which he hit .306 with eight homers and 34 RBI at Double-A New Hampshire in 2008.

Unfortunately for Phillips, the window for an opportunity to be called up to the big club might be closing – at least in the current scheme of things. Michael Barrett, who was penciled in as the Jays’ No. 2 catcher at the beginning of the season, is expected to be healthy enough to return to the big club in a matter of weeks.

Here’s hoping Phillips gets a shot at some point …

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2 Responses to “Oh, so close”

  1. LJ Says:

    What’s worse (or maybe not so bad?) is that Phillips was already flown to Toronto. Jordan Bastian guesses they’ll have him hang around for a few days just in case.

  2. TD Says:

    Well, at least he’ll enjoy a couple of post game spreads in the clubhouse.

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