Phillips was hit by a pitch during New York's 8-2 loss to Tampa
Bay on Sunday. The club said he will be out four to six weeks.
"It feels like somebody hit me with a hammer," Phillips said.
Jason Giambi started at first in New York's 7-1 loss to Seattle
on Monday. Wilson Betemit, Shelley Duncan and Doug Mientkiewicz
could also play first. Mientkiewicz missed much of the season with
a broken right wrist.
"It's a tough break," manager Joe Torre said. "If we get into
the postseason he may still be a contributor."
Devil Rays starter Jason Hammel hit Phillips with a pitch with
one out in the fifth. Phillips shook his right arm as he staggered
to first but stayed in the game and scored on Melky Cabrera's
"The timing of it was disappointing," Phillips said. "It's
pretty simple math. You know where we are in these four to six
weeks. I hope that I can come back and we're still playing."
Betemit replaced Phillips in the sixth inning of Sunday's game.
Phillips is batting .292 with two homers and 25 RBIs this season.