02/16/2009 12:40 PM ET
Mariners invite Catcher Jason Phillips to Major League Camp
Veteran backstop will replace injured catcher Luis Oliveros on roster.
PEORIA, AZ. -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik today announced that the Mariners have invited catcher Jason Phillips, who was signed to a minor league contract on Feb. 11, to Major League camp. He will replace catcher Luis Oliveros in big league camp. Oliveros has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Today's roster moves leave the Mariners with 60 players in big league camp.
Phillips will arrive in Peoria, AZ, Monday and undergo a physical exam. Assuming the physical goes well, he should be available for workouts beginning Tuesday. Phillips will wear number 62.
Phillips, 32, began last season with Camden in the independent Atlantic League. He signed with the Atlanta Braves organization on June 25, and spent the rest of the year at AAA Richmond, hitting .275 (33-for-120) with 7 doubles and 4 home runs in 35 games. He played this winter with Obregon in the Mexican League.
Phillips has spent parts of seven seasons in the Majors with the Mets (2001-2004), Dodgers (2005) and Blue Jays (2006-2007). He is a career .249 hitter with 77 doubles, 30 home runs and 168 RBI in 465 Major League games.
The 6-foot-1, 220-pound right-handed hitting backstop resides in La Mesa, CA. He attended San Diego State University before being drafted by the New York Mets in the 24th round of the June, 1997 Draft
Oliveros will undergo surgery to repair the torn ACL in his left knee in approximately two weeks. The surgery will be performed by Mariners Medical Director, Dr. Edward Khalfayan. Oliveros injured the knee while running after he arrived in camp this week.
Oliveros split the 2008 season between West Tennessee (AA) and Tacoma (AAA).