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4 Brandon Phillips 2B
Height/Weight: 6-0/208 | Birthdate: 6/28/1981 | Birthplace: Raleigh, NC | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Cincinnati | College: No College | MLB Experience: 14 | Salary: $10,083,333 | Owned/Started%: 73/54 | Average Draft Position: 208.93
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Hand injuries should not force Reds 2B Brandon Phillips onto DL


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:37 am ET) The hand injuries sustained by Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips on Sunday are not expected to land him on the disabled list, according to MLB.com.

They did, however, keep him sidelined Monday. It remains to be seen how much time he will miss, but he has grown accustomed to dealing with physical issues.

"He has had to handle the hand and wrist injuries, this is his third year of really getting banged up," Bryan Price said. "He's still found a way to give us very competitive at-bats. I think he would have continued to compete if he had some tenderness with that left hand, but the issue with the right was really the one that got him out of the ballgame (Sunday)."

The loss of Phillips is certainly untimely. He is on a six-game hitting streak in which he has nine hits in 29 at-bats with two home runs.


Reds 2B Brandon Phillips catching break Monday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips will not receive the opportunity Monday to turn his six-game hitting streak into a seven-game hitting streak unless he comes off the bench. He is not in the lineup.

Ivan De Jesus is taking his place at second and Billy Hamilton in the leadoff spot.

Phillips is batting .310 (9 for 29) during his hot stretch and owns a .287/.321/.382 slash line on the season.


Reds 2B Brandon Phillips hits homer but injures hands in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2015) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips hit his fifth home run of the season in Sunday's 7-2 loss to the Mets in Game 2 of a doubleheader. 

Phillips, hitting leadoff, finished the game 1 for 3. It's his second home run and fourth RBI over his past 10 games. Phillips now holds a slash line of .288/.321/.385 for the season. 

However, Phillips was unable to finish the second game of the doubleheader. Late in the game, he left due to injuries to both hands

"It was kind of a combination," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "He had a problem with the left hand on a swing. I think he was going to be able to play through that. But then on his right hand when he went back in to try and tag [Curtis] Granderson at second, he got his hand jammed on that play. Right now, both hands are probably on ice."


Reds 2B Brandon Phillips hits go-ahead home run in win


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/26/2015) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips hit a solo home run in the top of the 13th inning to loft his team past the Pirates on Thursday.

Phillips went 3 for 7 with a home run, triple and two RBI.

Phillips is not hitting .375 with six hits, a home run, a triple and two RBI over his last three games.


Reds 2B Brandon Phillips returns to lineup Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2015) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was back in the lineup for Thursday's game at Pittsburgh, reports Fox Sports Ohio.

Phillips missed Wednesday's contest after he jammed his thumb. X-rays on the thumb revealed no breaks or tears, according to MLB.com.

Phillips will face A.J. Burnett on Thursday, who he is 10 for 33 against with one home run in his career. Over his last seven games, Phillips is hitting .188 with no extra-base hits or RBI.

The Reds are the underdogs (+160) at Pittsburgh on Thursday.


Reds 2B Brandon Phillips scratched from Wednesday's lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was scratched from Wednesday's lineup against the Pirates after he was slotted to hit leadoff in the original lineup. Phillips jammed his thumb during Tuesday's game, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. It was the same thumb he had surgery on last season.

"He iced it last night and we hoped it would be better. He woke up, it was stiff and sore," manager Bryan Price said before Wednesday's game. "He'll get more treatment throughout the day. But it will not allow him to start the game and we'll see where he is by the time we get to game time if he's a useable pinch-hitter."

Ivan De Jesus came off the bench to start at second base in place of Phillips, who had two hits Tuesday. However, he is batting just .175 (7 for 40) in his last 11 games (nine starts).


Reds appear open to trading 2B Brandon Phillips


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2015) The Reds aren't opposed to trading veteran second baseman Brandon Phillips, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Phillips upset management two years ago by complaining publicly about his contract and suggesting he was misled by Reds ownership.

Phillips signed a six-year, $72.5 million contract extension in April 2012. Phillips, who will turn 34 years old on June 28, is making $12 million this season and is due $27 million over the next two seasons.


Reds 2B Brandon Phillips returns to lineup for Sunday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) After not starting in the last four games due to a groin injury, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was back in the lineup for Sunday's game at the Chicago Cubs, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Phillips will bat leadoff and is set to face Jon Lester, who he is 3 for 6 against in his career. Over his last 11 games, Phillips is hitting .378 with one home run and six RBI.

The Reds are the underdogs (-160) at Chicago on Sunday.


Brandon Phillips out of Reds' lineup again on Saturday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2015) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips will miss another start, on Saturday, his fourth in a row. 

Phillips was able to pinch hit in Friday's game, but the groin injury he suffered on Tuesday will keep him on the bench for the start of another game. 

Kris Negron will get his fourth start of the season at second base in place of Phillips.


Reds 2B Brandon Phillips (groin) returns as pinch-hitter


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/13/2015) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips returned to the lineup in a pinch-hit situation on Friday against the Cubs.

Phillips pinch hit in the eighth inning after missing three games. He went 0 for 1.

This season, Phillips is hitting .306 with three home runs and 25 RBI in 196 at-bats.


Reds 2B Brandon Phillips not ready to return to starting lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2015) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was absent from the starting lineup again Friday against the Cubs, missing a third straight start due to a groin injury he suffered Tuesday against the Phillies.

Reds manager Bryan Price said Phillips was fine taking batting practice Friday and "gingerly" fielded grounders, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. Price added Phillips is available to pinch-hit.

"He's definitely getting better each day," Price said. "It's a tenuous injury; I've alluded to it before. If it goes south, it won't be good. I'll be a little bit more conservative with this injury and we'll wait until we feel very confident he won't reinjure it or aggravate it."

Phillips is batting .295 with three home runs, four doubles and 19 RBI against right-handers in 2015.


Reds still without Brandon Phillips, Billy Hamilton on Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2015) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (groin) and center fielder Billy Hamilton (wrist/hand) were once again held out of the starting lineup Friday against the Cubs. 

Phillips is missing a second straight game, while is sidelined a third straight game.


Billy Hamilton, Brandon Phillips out Wednesday due to injuries


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton (wrist/hand) and second baseman Brandon Phillips (groin) were not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game vs. Philadelphia. Ivan De Jesus started in Phillips' absence, while Kris Negron replaced Hamilton.

Hamilton missed a second straight game. He is off to a slow start offensively in June, batting .217 with no extra-base hits and three RBI in seven games. He does have four stolen bases.

“It’s all good. I just got to let it calm down for a couple days and get back at it,” Hamilton said, per MLB.com. "I told [manager Bryan Price]… ‘Listen, if you need me, I’m here. I can do whatever you need me to do -- bunt, swing, run for sure.’ The game actually came out the way he wanted it to. He didn’t want to have to make the decision to use me. He wanted to give me that break.”

Phillips is missing his first game since suffering the groin injury Tuesday. Phillips saw his hitting streak end at eight games Tuesday, as he went 0 for 1 with a walk before leaving the game. He is batting .400 (14 for 35) with one home run, three doubles, six RBI, four walks, nine runs and two stolen bases in his last nine games.

“It’ll be one of those day-to-day things,” Price said Wednesday morning about Phillips. “We’ll see how he responds with treatment today. It’s just, again like they mentioned, it’s one of those injuries if it gets worse it becomes a significant concern so should know more by the end of the day and tomorrow on when he’ll be ready to play again.”


Reds 2B Brandon Phillips (groin) leaves during Phillies game


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips exited during the third inning of Tuesday's game against the Phillies with a strained left groin, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer

Phillips was apparently shaken up while sliding into third base in the first inning and then was later taken out of the game. Phillips went 0 for 1 with a walk during his time in the game. 


Reds 2B Brandon Phillips has struggled against Hamels


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2015) Reds veteran second baseman Brandon Phillips is on a seven-game hitting streak. But if history is any indication, it could be in danger Monday night.

Phillips has struggled mightily against Cole Hamels, who is set to start for the Phillies. He has just five hits in 33 at-bats with no home runs and a mere one RBI against the tough left-hander.

Phillips, who is leading off for the Reds, has 13 hits in his last 31 at-bats.


Reds' Brandon Phillips collects three hits, two RBI in win Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2015) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips went 3 for 5 with a double, two RBI and a stolen base in Thursday's 6-4 win over the Phillies.

Phillips opened the game with a single and scored the first run on a double by Todd Frazier. He managed to drive in a run with his fifth-inning double and another with a single in the sixth inning, the latter of which he followed by stealing second. The second baseman has hit .311/.346/.394 with three home runs and 25 RBI in 180 at-bats while lately serving as the team's leadoff man.

"He's been great," manager Bryan Price said, per MLB.com. "He's had a really good start to the season. It hasn't gone unnoticed that he's just done a great job not just swinging the bat and defensively, but also getting on base."


Many Reds have struggled against Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2015) Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez has been hot-and-cold recently, but if history is any indication, he's likely to perform well Saturday in Cincinnati.

Gonzalez has been lights-out in the past against several Reds hitters, including Brandon Phillips (1-8), Todd Frazier (0-5), Jay Bruce (2-10), Marlon Byrd (5-21) and Zack Cozart (1-11).

The Reds have 16 hits in 116 at-bats lifetime against Gonzalez.


Reds 2B Brandon Phillips back in action Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2015) A toe ailment will not force Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips to miss a fourth straight game Saturday against Washington. He is in the lineup and leading off.

Phillips returns in an 0-for-10 skid.


Reds 2B Brandon Phillips out a third straight game Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was sidelined a third straight game Friday against the Nationals due to a toe injury. Skip Schumaker started in his place Friday.

Phillips is 0 for 10 in his last three games. However, he has a .320/.378/.387/.765 slash line in 21 May games.


Reds 2B Brandon Phillips (toe) out of lineup against Rockies


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/27/2015) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is out of the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Rockies.

Phillips, who started nine consecutive games before missing Tuesday's game, is dealing with a toe injury on his left foot.

Reds manager Brian Price said that Phillips' toe continues to bother him, and he wanted to give him three days off considering they have a travel day tomorrow, per the Cincinnati Enquirer.

"I don't want this to become a nagging thing," Price said.

Phillips is hitting .299 with 18 RBI in 154 at-bats this season.

Skip Schumaker will replace Phillips in the Reds' lineup.


Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (toe) out of lineup on Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is out of the starting lineup on Tuesday, the team announced.

Phillips has started nine consecutive games for Cincinnati and is dealing with a case of turf toe on his left foot. Kris Negron getting the start at second. Phillips is hitting .299 with 18 RBI in 154 at-bats this season.

"I think he aggravated it in Cleveland [on Saturday] a little bit," Reds manager Bryan Price said, per MLB.com. "Until you see it on the field, you're not going to hear much about it from Brandon. He's not going to alert anyone about it. He just plans to go out there and play, and then when it becomes noticeable, it becomes one of those situations where we take the lead to make sure he's getting adequate treatment and he's not going to continue to aggravate it.

"Today's one of those days where we'll spend a lot more time on treatment than we probably do on ground balls and batting practice."


Reds move Brandon Phillips to top of order over Zack Cozart


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Red manager Bryan Price inserted second baseman Brandon Phillips into the leadoff spot for Friday's contest against the Indians. It's the first time since Sept. 25, 2014, he's at the top of the order.

Phillips bumped Zack Cozart to the No. 2 hole against right-hander Carlos Carrasco.

Phillips is hitting .357 (25 for 70) with two homers, 11 RBI and six walks over his last 19 games played. Cozart has just one hit over his last 16 at-bats.

Cincinnati is an underdog (+155) at Cleveland, per VegasInsider.com.


Reds 2B Brandon Phillips gets 3 hits in loss to Royals


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips went 3 for 5 during Wednesday evening's 7-1 loss to the Royals. 

Phillips hit an RBI double in the seventh inning that scored Zack Cozart. This was Cincinnati's only run of the game. It marked the first time since April 27 that Phillips hit a double in a ballgame. 

He's now had three RBI in the past two games. 

Phillips is now hitting .314/.356/.372 for the season. 


Reds' Brandon Phillips slugs second home run Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips went 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBI in his team's 9-8 loss to the Giants on Sunday.

Phillips earned his first RBI Sunday by getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. He then smacked a solo home run to reduce his team's deficit to one run, and even though the Reds would go on to score two more runs in the game, they were never able to tie the score with the Giants offense clicking.

Phillips has hit .310/.355/.364 with two home runs, 17 RBI and five stolen bases in 129 at-bats.


Reds' Phillips gets the green light; Mesoraco remains sidelined


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips returned to the starting lineup and is batting sixth, while catcher Devin Mesoraco remained sidelined Friday night against San Francisco, per MLB.com.

Phillips suffered a sore big toe on Tuesday after striking out three times. He is hitting .311 (37 for 119) with one home run, 15 RBI and a .345 on-base percentage this season.

"He's had the 48 hours of recovery time," Price said of Phillips. "He had a lot of treatment. He's been seen by a foot specialist and all those things. We don't force our players to play. We have to make sure that they’re comfortable being on the field. Most of them, if not all of them, are slightly banged up right now anyway. It's just part of the grind of a long season."

Mesoraco hasn't been in the starting lineup as a catcher since April 11. He plated the winning run as a pinch-hitter on Tuesday. He is hitting .143 (5 for 35) with two RBI this season.

Cincinnati is an underdog (+125) at home against the Giants, per VegasInsider.com.