Our friend, Adam Rubin, reports that Jerry Manuel told him that Andy Phillips is outfield “inventory,” not a righty-hitting alternative that will chip away at Carlos Delgado’s at-bats. With Ryan Church’s return imminent, the Mets are lefty-heavy in the outfield, which means Trot Nixon may go when Church is activated. Third catcher Robinson Cancel was optioned to New Orleans to make room for Phillips, who will join the team Friday.
(Great reporting by Rubin. Everyone saw Phillips as a righty-hitting option at 1B, to bench Delgado against lefties. Manuel sees Phillips as an outfielder, which means Trot Nixon looks to be AAA bound when Church is activated.)