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Former All-Star Phillips set to join Sox Tuesday

Price won't pitch vs. Braves; Sale could return for Astros series
September 3, 2018

ATLANTA -- It isn't very often you add a three-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove and former Silver Slugger Award winner as a September callup, but that's exactly what the Red Sox will do on Tuesday when Brandon Phillips joins the team from Triple-A Pawtucket.Third baseman Rafael Devers will also be

ATLANTA -- It isn't very often you add a three-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove and former Silver Slugger Award winner as a September callup, but that's exactly what the Red Sox will do on Tuesday when Brandon Phillips joins the team from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Third baseman Rafael Devers will also be activated from his rehab stint on Tuesday. Aside from the activation of Chris Sale at some point soon and the possible return of Dustin Pedroia, the Red Sox don't anticipate making any more roster additions.
Despite hitting .285 with 13 homers last season, Phillips couldn't find a job as a free agent. The Red Sox signed the 37-year-old to a Minor League deal on June 27, and he impressed with his attitude and level of play.
"He's done an outstanding job for everything I've heard," said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. "He played second, third, and he had plenty of opt-outs and he stayed with the team. Sometimes it's not about rewarding people, because he's a talented player. But I do feel that, hey man, he wants to be part of this and I think he can contribute.
"He's a guy, he can hit against lefties, he's been around for a while. He's a good guy in the clubhouse and he can help some of the young kids too, so he'll be with us."
It remains to be seen how much Phillips will play. The Red Sox happen to be deep at the two positions he can play, with Ian Kinsler, Eduardo Nunez, Brock Holt and Devers.
"Yeah, we've got a lot of players and Raffy's coming too," said Cora. "That's part of the conversation too. [Phillips] just wants to be here. That means a lot. This is a guy, he's won Gold Gloves and he's been a good player for a while and for him to accept that role and be part of this [is nice]."
In 44 Minor League games this season, Phillips is slashing .304/.348/.474 with five homers and 26 RBIs.
"Talking to [Pawtucket manager Kevin Boles], he's been great in the clubhouse [and] he's been playing well, which is the most important thing."

Pitching still in limbo
Cora is still unsure who will start Wednesday's series finale in Atlanta. David Price, who took a line drive off his left wrist last week, told Cora he'd be ready to go. But the manager doesn't want Price to have to grip a bat and will hold him out for this weekend's series against the Astros.
"We've got some guys that can give us multiple innings -- Steven Wright and Thomas Pomeranz and Hector Velazquez and, obviously, William Cuevas and BJ [Christopher Johnson]," said Cora.
Meanwhile, the club is still trying to determine exactly when Sale will return to action. He could make his return as an "opener" this weekend against the Astros, or the Red Sox might choose to have him throw live batting practice or a simulated game.

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.