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|Born: March 24, 1982|
|September 5, 2007, for the Chicago White Sox|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2008 season)
|Earned run average||3.86|
Heath was a member of the Team USA Olympic Qualifier 2006 team that won gold in Cuba. His teammates included Billy Butler, Kurt Suzuki, Michael Bourn, Mark Reynolds and was managed by Davey Johnson.
Heath is now a coach in the prestigious Scorpions Baseball Travel Program. He is the pitching coach for Shorter University in Georgia.
Draft and minor leagues
In 2007, Phillips began the year at Charlotte again. He finished the season going 13-7 with a 4.30 ERA in 28 starts. He was rewarded with a September callup after the minor league season was over when rosters expanded.
Major league career
In Phillips' first two major league games, which were relief appearances, he got a win and a loss. Phillips made his major league debut on September 5, 2007, against the Detroit Tigers. He got the loss against the Tigers when he came into the game in the bottom of the 11th inning. He had two outs when he gave up the game winning single to Timo Pérez. In his second career game, on September 7, Phillips got the win against the Minnesota Twins. He had once again pitched in the extra innings, this time coming into the game in the top of the 13th inning. He pitched just that inning as the White Sox won the game in the bottom of the 13th inning.
On January 5, 2008, he signed a minor league deal with the New York Yankees. He was released by the Yankees on July 19, 2008. On July 29, 2008, Phillips signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays and became a free agent at the end of the season. On December 17, 2008, he signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals.
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