From the Asbury Park Press -
Phillips has caused some healthy debate within the organization. General manager Brian Cashman believes he is worthy of regular at-bats as the designated hitter. Joe Torre will start the season with Bernie Williams in that spot. He sees Phillips as a late-inning defensive replacement for Jason Giambi.
But Phillips could see more action than Torre anticipates. Giambi doesn’t like to DH but his chronically sore knees and frequents sprains and strains often force him into that role.
“We’ll have to wait and see how it plays out,” Torre said. “But Philly has shown us he can be a good and productive player.”
Also, let’s not forget, since he’s turned 30, on average, Bernie Williams misses about 20 games a year. That’s just about a month of play. Somehow, I think we will see a lot of Andy this season. It’s up to him to take advantage of his chances.