ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- He didn’t yet have the ball, but Josh Phegley walked out of the White Sox clubhouse Sunday with a handful of memorabilia.
The rookie catcher had the lineup card and other assorted goodies as a memento after he slugged the first home run of his career in a 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. The 359-foot solo homer ended a strong opening weekend for Phegley, who rapped out his first hit in his major league debut on Friday and drove in three runs.
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Phegley, who was promoted from Triple-A Charlotte on Friday, had to settle for a strong personal reason as the White Sox were swept, losing both games in which he played.
“I think kind of get a couple of hits and the first homer out of the way, it kind of takes a little weight off the shoulders,” Phegley said. “You would like a better result team-wise.”
Phegley’s homer was against American League reigning Cy Young winner David Price. White Sox manager Robin Ventura seemed impressed by how Phegley handled himself in his first weekend in the majors.
“He comes up here and doesn’t seem frazzled or anything like that,” Ventura said. “Doesn’t have the jitters. He’s putting it in play and having tough at-bats.”