With Carlos Pena looming in the minors, I’ve seen more than one reference lately about Andy Phillips going to the minor leagues. It’s not going to happen. Phillips is out of minor-league options and cannot just be sent down. If the Yankees want to take him off the major-league roster, Phillips would have to clear waivers first. And, do you think that will happen?
For Pena to make it to the Bronx, either someone has to go on the D.L., or, someone like Matt Smith or Scott Proctor comes off the big league roster. Then again, one of them probably goes for Small’s return.
This is probably why the Yankees are giving Phillips some ABs now. They need to see if they want him or Pena on the roster. It’s going to be either/or – not both – outside of a D.L. thing.