Phillips savoring time with Rockies

Phillips savoring time with Rockies

DENVER -- Rockies catcher Paul Phillips knows what it's like to shuttle back and forth between the Major Leagues and the Minor Leagues.

Phillips was called up on May 24 after the Rockies placed catcher Chris Iannetta on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring. With Yorvit Torrealba due to come off Major League Baseball's restricted list soon, Phillips will probably make the trek back to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Phillps could make his last start Saturday night against the Mariners.

"I've had a good time being here and if they choose to make a move, send me out, then that's what they decide to do," Phillips said. "It is what it is. Whenever that decision comes, we'll address it then."

Phillips has spent parts of the last five seasons at the Major League level -- 2004-2007 with the Royals and 2008 with the White Sox. This year though, Phillips admits he's having the most fun at any of his big league stops, which includes last year's playoff push with the White Sox, because he's a contributor to a team that has bounced back from a 20-32 start.

"It's been a lot more special to me because I feel like I've had a part of helping us win and it's way more special when you have something to contribute," Phillips said.

Phillips is hitting .333 with one home run and six RBIs with the Rockies, but his impact lies deeper than the numbers.

During the Rockies' nine-game winning streak, Phillips has been behind the plate for four starts and the pitching staff compiled a 3.00 ERA with 33 strikeouts. At the plate, Phillips singled home the go-ahead run in the sixth inning of a 7-2 win against the Cardinals on Sunday and his two-run single in the eighth on Thursday gave the Rockies a 5-1 lead in a 5-4 victory over the Brewers.

Phillips said he misses the guys he went to battle with at Colorado Springs and if and when the Rockies send him down, he said he'll miss the guys in the Rockies clubhouse too. When that day comes, manager Jim Tracy will miss what Phillips brought to the team.

"He's a professional, he's an unselfish teammate and he'll do whatever you ask him to do to try to help you win a game," Tracy said.

Pitching matchup
COL: RHP Jason Marquis (8-4, 3.98 ERA)
Marquis held the Cardinals to two runs in 6 2/3 innings of efficient pitching while winning Monday at Busch Stadium as the Rockies completed a four-game sweep. Marquis has curried the favor of his fielders because of his penchant for aggressively attacking the bottom of the strike zone with his sinker and his slider. However, Marquis is more effective on the road than at Coors Field (3-2, 5.34 ERA), which is where he'll face the Mariners.

SEA: RHP Brandon Morrow (0-3, 6.38 ERA)
The hard-throwing right-hander unexpectedly makes his first start of the season, filling in for left-hander Erik Bedard, who was scratched because of slight inflammation in his left shoulder. Morrow, who started five games late last season, began this season as the closer, but lost the job in mid-May and had recently asked the team to re-convert him back to a starter. That was expected to occur at Triple-A Tacoma, not with the Mariners.

The Rockies' nine-game winning streak is the team's longest since an 11-gamer in the magical 2007 season (Sept. 15-27). The winning streak is also the franchise's third of nine games or more. ... Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki hit his eighth home run Friday night and it's his third home run in the last five games. During that time, Tulowitzki is hitting .500 (7-of-14). .. Ubaldo Jimenez notched two more sacrifice bunts to bring his season total to six. He had seven in 2007.

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Up next
• Sunday: Rockies (Jason Hammel, 3-3, 4.33) vs. Mariners (Jason Vargas, 2-1, 2.35), 1:10 p.m. MT
• Monday: Off-day
• Tuesday: Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa, 2-6, 5.08) vs. Rays (TBD), 6:40 p.m. MT

Cheng Sio is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.