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DH Phelps' tenure terminated quickly
By MARC TOPKIN
Published June 8, 2005
CINCINNATI - When the Devil Rays signed Josh Phelps in December, they projected him to be a key part of their lineup for several seasons.
He didn't make it halfway through one.
Phelps was designated for assignment Tuesday with the idea he likely will be traded or released in the next 10 days, with the Rays possibly assuming the bulk of the remaining balance of his $800,000 salary.
Phelps, 27, put up decent numbers as the primary DH, hitting .266 with five homers and 26 RBIs (fourth on the team), but the Rays apparently didn't think he fit on their roster without being able to play the field.
He was replaced - for now - by outfielder Reggie Taylor , a 28-year-old who has big-league experience with the Phillies and Reds and has been playing at Triple-A Durham.
"The only reason for this move, period, was versatility," Rays manager Lou Piniella said. "Nothing more, nothing less."
Taylor is a left-handed hitter and smooth outfielder, which may mean Alex Sanchez 's days, at least in centerfield, are numbered.
Piniella mentioned the possibility of using Sanchez as a DH (probably in a platoon with Eduardo Perez ) when the Rays return to AL rules next week, but another option would be to promote Jonny Gomes , who is hitting .345 with 14 homers and 45 RBIs at Durham.
General manager Chuck LaMar said a roster shakeup was possible, but players were surprised Phelps was dumped.
"Very surprised," Aubrey Huff said. "It's the last thing I thought would happen."
HAPPY TO BE HERE: Taylor, acquired this spring from Colorado for reliever Bobby Seay , was hitting .284 with seven homers and 31 RBIs for the Bulls.
After spending the 2002-03 seasons with Cincinnati, Taylor has been in Triple-A with the Reds, White Sox and Rays working for another chance.
"I've been hoping for the phone to ring," he said.
Piniella plans to give Taylor an opportunity, and he got off to a good start, going 1-for-3 with a run-scoring double. "Reggie plays the outfield well," he said. "We'll see if he can help us swinging the bat."
FOSSUM ON TRACK: Casey Fossum 's bullpen session Tuesday went well enough that it looks like he will be able to start Thursday.
The Rays will wait to see how Fossum, who came out of Friday's game due to tightness in his groin, feels today before making a final decision.
If Fossum is ready, Scott Kazmir gets two extra days' rest and starts Saturday. If not, Kazmir pitches Thursday and Fossum Saturday.
FAIR PLAY: Piniella joined Boston manager Terry Francona in questioning why they were given three-game suspensions stemming from an exchange of hit batters that led to an April 24 scuffle, but Joe Torre was only suspended one game for a similar incident between the Yankees and Tigers.
"I'm starting to wonder," he said. "I thought they were setting a precedent."
JUST CHILLIN': Reliever Lance Carter wasn't sure how he would spend his three free nights in Cincinnati as he serves his long-delayed suspension. Under baseball rules, he can participate in pregame workouts but can't be in uniform or in the clubhouse during the games.
"I'll probably get a bite to eat," Carter said.
Piniella didn't think being shorthanded for three days would hurt the pitching staff, though he got only 22/3 innings Tuesday out of starter Mark Hendrickson .
"The bullpen is as rested as it could be," Piniella said. "If we can't get by with six pitchers in three days, I don't think the seventh is going to make a difference."
MISCELLANY: Minor-league pitcher Jose Diaz , designated for assignment last week to make space on the 40-man roster for Lee Gardner , was claimed off waivers by Cleveland. ... The Rays and Reds are the only teams without a complete game. ... Vice presidents Matt Silverman and Dave Auker are continuing their tour of stadium and gameday operations. ... The Rays are 6-21 in opposing stadium debuts.