"I am a believer in playing my bench," Price said. "I haven't been great at it with [Neftali] Soto when he was here and with [Ramon] Santiago as much as I'd like. I'd like these guys to play, and it might mean five or six games off over the course of the year for the regulars -- more for some and less for others.
"Believe me, I will not do that as a form of punishment or sending messages. That's not the point. I do believe our regulars need periodic rest."
The last day off for Phillips came on May 2 whilst he was in a slump. In the 20 games since, he's batted .305 (25-for-82).
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