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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%: 60/38 | Average Draft Position: 208.88
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Reds 2B Phillips stays hot with two-hit game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Those who believe that the poor performance of Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips in 2014 proves he's all but done should pay attention to what he's doing these days.

Phillips has been rolling. His two-single performance Tuesday in Milwaukee gave him 14 hits in his last eight games, during which time he's batting .400 with four runs scored and five RBI. He has raised his batting average from .118 to .308 during that stretch.


Reds' Billy Hamilton back in lineup, Devin Mesoraco still out


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton is back in the lineup for Monday's game against the Brewers, while catcher Devin Mesoraco remains sidelined.

Hamilton wasn't in the lineup Sunday after suffering a groin strain the previous day, but he's ready to return to action in the team's series opener against the Brewers.

Mesoraco hasn't played since April 12 due to a left hip impingement. Manager Bryan Price said that he had to go home due to a family issue, but he's expected to be back with the team Tuesday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Second baseman Brandon Phillips is also getting a day off from starting, with the team slotting Kris Negron into the eighth spot.

The Reds are underdogs (+104) Monday against the Brewers.


Brandon Phillips fine, but Devin Mesoraco still sidelined for Reds


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) The Reds gave one thumbs up and one thumbs down to ailing position players for their Wednesday night game against the host Cubs.

Catcher Devin Mesoraco remains out with a hip injury, but second baseman Brandon Phillips will remain in the lineup despite having taken a blow to a head in a collision Tuesday night. Phillips passed a concussion test, allowing him to play.


Reds' Brandon Phillips passes concussion test, available for Wedesnday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/14/2015) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips left Tuesday's game against the Cubs with what was initially reported as an undisclosed injury but was administered a concussion test and passed, so he'll be able to play on Wednesday, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. 

Phillips collided with Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro and remained in the game for another half inning before exiting. 

He went 1 for 2 with a run scored in the game.


Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips leaves Tuesday's game


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips left Tuesday's game against the Cubs with an undisclosed injury after attempting to reach second base, the team announced. 

Phillips tried to reach second evasively around Starlin Castro, but the two collided and Phillips fell on top of him. Phillips stayed in for another half inning, but was replaced by Skip Schumaker. Phillips went 1 for 2 with a run scored before exiting.


Reds 2B Brandon Phillips has big game in loss to Cubs


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips went 4 for 5 in Monday's 7-6 loss to the Cubs in 10 innings. 

All four of Phillips' hits were singles. He didn't have any RBI but he did score two runs. Phillips is now batting .286 for the season. 


Reds' Brandon Phillips collects two hits Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) After batting seventh in each of his first five games, Reds second basmean Brandon Phillips was moved to the cleanup spot Sunday, where he went 2 for 6 with one RBI in his team's 7-5, 11-inning loss to the Cardinals.

Phillips was just 2 of 17 over his first five games but still earned a bump to a run-producing role Sunday, where he turned in his best performance of the young season. He's still searching for his first extra-base hit of the season as he enters his team's second week of play.


Reds 2B Brandon Phillips to bat seventh in lineup


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Reds manager Bryan Price announced that second baseman Brandon Phillips will bat seventh in his lineup, according to MLB.com

Phillips has only hit in the seventh hole 70 times during his career. Sixty-six of those times came back in 2006, when Phillips was in his first season in Cincinnati. A year ago, Phillips primarily hit third in the Reds' lineup. He didn't bat seventh but hit sixth three times. 

"Joey (Votto) is another high on-base, extra-base hit type of guy setting the table in the middle for guys like Todd (Frazier), Devin (Mesoraco), Marlon (Byrd) and Jay (Bruce), that will be power sources for us," Price said. "That certainly leads itself to Brandon in the seventh hole. I wanted to create enough separation between Joey and Jay, where we don’t make it easy to matchup for a left-handed relief pitcher."


Reds manager Price on Phillips: I have not lost confidence in him


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Reds manager Bryan Price is expecting to see a fully recovered Brandon Phillips at second base this year.

"I have not lost one bit of confidence or expectation that he's going to have a big year," Price said.

Phillips had his lowest RBI total in the last eight years in 2014, posting just 51. It was also the third lowest on-base percentage of his career, posting a .306 mark.


Reds 2B Brandon Phillips hoping to stay healthy in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is ready to put a tough 2014 season behind him. Phillips hit just .266 with eight home runs, which was the first time in nine seasons he had less than 10 homers. 

He appeared in only 121 games last season after missing time due to thumb surgery.

"I'm just thinking about health and going out there and trying to have a better 2015," he told MLB.com. "That's the only thing I'm really worried about, just trying to stay healthy, get healthy and trying to be a great teammate and continuing to be myself and getting things done."

Staying healthy is a big concern for Phillips, who said he hasn't been at full strength since the 2011 season.

"When I'm healthy, my play will speak for itself, and I haven't been healthy in three years," he said. "I've played through many injuries. I had wrist surgery the other year, I had thumb surgery this year, I've been playing with a bad calf. There are so many things, but I don't complain about many things, that's just not the type of person I am, but I try to go out there and produce and stay on the field as much as possible, because I feel like I have one career and I'm supposed to go out there and do my job. That's why my numbers haven't been the same, but I still get criticized for being out there."


Brandon Phillips slams rare homer in defeat of Brewers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips did something Thursday he had not done since the beginning of summer - he hit a home run.

Phillips tatered with one on in the sixth to help his team defeat Milwaukee. It was his first blast since June 28. He had already singled and scored in the third in improving his stat line on the season to .263/.304/.372.


Spate of Reds benched for battle at Wrigley Field


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) The Reds have issued a lineup for Wednesday against the host Cubs that one might have expected had they just clinched a playoff spot. Among those set to sit are third baseman Todd Frazier, second baseman Brandon Phillips, shortstop Zack Cozart, center fielder Billy Hamilton, right fielder Jay Bruce and catcher Devin Mesoraco.

None are listed as injured.


Brandon Phillips heating up for Reds


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Reds veteran second baseman Brandon Phillips has done a 180 after a horrific slump upon his activation off the disabled list.

Phillips compiled a stat line of .155/.210/.190 in 15 games after returning from a thumb injury. He is at .381/.409/.476 in six games since. But he has still not homered since June 28. Phillips has just 38 runs scored and 47 RBI this season after racking up 80 and 103, respectively, a year ago.


Hitters to sit in Week 24


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/7/2014) If you own Tyler Flowers, Brandon Moss, Brandon Phillips, Lonnie Chisenhall or Elvis Andrus or Marcell Ozuna Fantasy, you may want to sit them for Fantasy Week 24 (Sept. 8-14).

See the latest Start and Sit Hitters to find out why.


Manager: Brandon Phillips' return was rushed


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is hitting just .138 in 15 games since returning from the disabled list following thumb surgery, and manager Bryan Price admitted to MLB.com Phillips may have come back too soon.

"I think it all comes down to the inactivity, I don't think there's any question," Price said on Wednesday. "You take six weeks off and he jumps right back in like he did. That's on us, he wanted — we knew Brandon wanted to play, but that was in large part our willingness organizationally and my willingness as a manager to say yes. 'Sure, come on back, you played three games after six weeks, come on back.'"

Phillips missed about 40 days while recovering from surgery, and has yet to homer since his return in mid-August. He has just four RBI in 15 games as well, while striking out nine times and walking just twice. 


Brandon Phillips shows sign of life with two-RBI game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips contributed to a 7-2 win over the Cubs Thursday, by driving in two runs.

Phillips had just one hit, but that was enough as he clubbed a two-run double in the fourth inning. He finished the game 1 for 4 before he was lifted for a pinch-hitter late.

Phillips has struggled since returning from the disabled list in mid-August, hitting just .205 with four RBI and no home runs in 10 games.  


Brandon Phillips returns from DL Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) The Reds announced Monday they activated second baseman Brandon Phillips (thumb) off the 15-day disabled list. Phillips spent three games on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville and Class A Dayton, going 2 for 8 (.250) with one walk and one strikeout.

Brandon Phillips starts rehab work


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (thumb) began a minor-league rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Louisville. Phillips played the field for seven innings and finished 0 for 2 with a walk. It was his first game action since July 9.

Louisville site of Brandon Phillips rehab


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips will begin a rehab stint Friday with Triple-A Louisville. The date, but not the site, had been determined earlier in the week.

A thumb injury has prevented Phillips from playing with Cincinnati since July 9.


Brandon Phillips set to begin rehab stint Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, who has been out for five weeks with a thumb injury, is set to start a minor league rehab assignment Friday.

The team has yet to announce where it will begin, but it will likely be Triple-A Louisville or Class A Dayton, per the Cincinnati Enquirer.


Is that stashed superstar really worth the wait?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/12/2014) So you're at the point, with the season winding down, where you have to win at all costs. Seems straightforward enough. The only problem is your bench is overflowing with players you can't actually use -- ones that are injured but too valuable to drop, like Brett Lawrie, Brandon Phillips, Adam Eaton, Michael Wacha, Paul Goldschmidt, Yadier Molina, Ryan Zimmerman, Joey Votto, Carlos Gonzalez or Masahiro Tanaka.

Or maybe your albatross isn't injured but just doesn't inspire much confidence right now, like Pedro Alvarez, Justin Verlander or Mike Minor.

I've got news for you: This late in the year, when winning is paramount, you can consider dropping them. Granted, it shouldn't be the goal because the competition can only benefit from whatever you forfeit, but sometimes, it's your only choice.

I break it down player-by-player in my latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog, so if you could a little assistance with that season-shifting dilemma, be sure to check out.


Brandon Phillips taking batting practice Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was able to take batting practice Tuesday, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer

Phillips hit off team coaches prior to the game. He was recently cleared to swing a bat, and is hoping to begin a rehab assignment prior to the end of the minor-league season. Phillips hit .272/.308/.392 in 334 at-bats prior to the injury. 


Brandon Phillips aiming for rehab games


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is aiming to play in rehab games before the end of the minor-league season, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer

Phillips has been sidelined since July 9 due to a thumb injury. The minor-league season comes to an end prior to September, so Phillips will look to begin his assignment at some point in August. Phillips was hitting .272/.308/.392 in 334 at-bats prior to the injury. 


Brandon Phillips set to swing a bat again


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Reds sidelined second baseman Brandon Phillips has been cleared to swing a bat, which is the last step before he embarks on a rehab assignment. He has been out for a month with a torn tendon in his left thumb.

Bryan Price has explained why Phillips will be required to go on a minor league rehab stint. "It's a surgery and it's a five-to-six-week recovery period," he told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "That's a long time away from the game without seeing live pitching."

Phillips will return to the Reds with a typically strong stat line of .272/.308/.392, though his productivity at age 33 has finally lessened.


Brandon Phillips to see hand doctor this week


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips will see his hand doctor this week before the team sets a timetable for his recovery plan, MLB.com reports.

[Phillips] is going to see his hand doctor here maybe tomorrow, I believe, and I think that will probably go a long way to maybe setting a date or having a better idea on when he might start swinging the bat," manager Bryan Price said Wednesday.

Phillips is going to need to go on a rehab assignment before returning to the active roster, but he has yet to hold a bat, leaving his timetable uncertain. The second baseman is recovering from thumb surgery in mid-July.