Brandon Phillips will take his place in Boston Red Sox lore before playing an inning for the team.
The Red Sox infielder will wear the number 0, becoming the the first player in team history to do so, NBC Sports Boston’s Evan Drellich reported Tuesday via Twitter, citing Red Sox researchers Justin Long and Bill Nowlin.
The Red Sox signed Phillips in June on a minor-league contract. The big-league club promoted the 37-year-old from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday, adding him to the expanded 40-man roster, and issued him the unique jersey number.
Phillips said in January he signed with the Red Sox because they’re winning and he wants to be a part of their pursuit of a championship. Time will tell whether they succeed in that endeavor, but Phillips already has proven his stint in Boston to be notable.
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