The acquisition comes on a busy day for the Rays, who placed Kevin Kiermaier and Rickie Weeks on the disabled list while also calling up Mallex Smith and shifting Matt Duffy to the 60-day DL. Kiermaier is likely to miss about two months with a hip injury.
Featherston, 27, has hit .270/.370/.394 with three homers in 46 games for the Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate this season but has yet to crack the majors in 2017. He slashed .115/.179/.154 in 19 big-league games last year and has appeared in 120 games at tha major-league level with the Angels and Phillies.
Featherston has the ability to play anywhere in the infield, and is considered a strong defender up the middle. He also has experience in left field this season in the minors.