Brewers to recall outfield prospect Brett Phillips

MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 05: Milwaukee Brewers Outfield Brett Phillips (33) takes a swing during a MLB game between the Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants on June 5, 2017 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI. The Giants defeated the Brewers 7-2. (Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire)
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The Milwaukee Brewers are set to recall outfield prospect Brett Phillips when they open the second half Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies. Right-hander Michael Blazek was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Thursday.

Milwaukee also announced that recently acquired left-hander Tyler Webb will join the team Friday, meaning they will need to make a corresponding move to free up a roster spot for both players.

Phillips, 23,  is ranked as the Brewers’ No. 10 prospect by MLB.com and is slashing .293/.358/.582 with 17 homers and 66 RBIs in 76 games. Prior to last season, Phillips was ranked as the No. 32 prospect in baseball by MLB.com. He’ll be making his third stint with the team this season and is 2-for-10 without an extra-base hit in five games.

The Brewers acquired Phillips as part of the package for sending Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers to the Houston Astros in July 2015. He’s started 38 games in right field, 31 in center field and four in left field this season for Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Milwaukee, which entered the All-Star break with a 5.5-game lead over the Chicago Cubs for first place in the National League Central, has Domingo Santana starting in right field, with Ryan Braun in left and Keon Broxton in center. Hernan Perez currently serves as the team’s only reserve outfielder, though Eric Thames has made 17 appearances in the outfield.

Webb was acquired from the New York Yankees on Friday in exchange for minor league first baseman Garrett Cooper. Webb, 26, made his major league debut with the Yankees this season and had a 4.50 ERA through seven appearances spanning six innings.

Blazek had his contract selected on July 3 and the 28-year-old has notched four scoreless innings of relief for the Brewers this season.

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