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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%: 71/47 | Average Draft Position: 208.93
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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.


Reds' Brandon Phillips, Devin Mesoraco get the red light


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips and catcher Devin Mesoraco were both held out of the starting lineup Thursday 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.

Mesoraco drove in the winning run on Tuesday, but has not been in the starting lineup as a catcher since April 11. He is hitting .143 (5 for 35) with two RBI this season.

Cincinnati is favored (-165) at home against the Giants.


Reds 2B Brandon Phillips (toe) a no-go Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) A toe ailment will have Reds veteran second baseman Brandon Phillips sidelined from the Wednesday night game against Atlanta, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. He is considered day-to-day.

Phillips sustained what was described as a sore big toe Tuesday night after striking out three times. He had hit safely in six of his previous seven games.


Reds' Brandon Phillips (toe) leaves Tuesday's game in eighth inning


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/12/2015) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips left Tuesday's game against the Braves in the eighth inning with a sore big toe, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Phillips was 0 for 3 with three strike outs before his departure.

Reds 2B Brandon Phillips continues bounce-back season


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) To grossly paraphrase Mark Twain, the death of the career of Brandon Phillips has been greatly exaggerated.

Many believed the Reds veteran second baseman had clearly begun his descent in 2014, but he has bounced back nicely this season and has remained on a roll. He has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games, during which time he is batting .360 (18-for-50) with eight runs scored and eight RBI.

Phillips now owns a season-high .345 on-base percentage, though he has just one homer.


Brandon Phillips gets two hits, stolen base for Reds


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips went 2 for 4, with a run scored and RBI in Saturday's win over Atlanta. 

Phillips also stole a base, his third of the year. He now has 13 RBI and is hitting .295. 


Reds' Brandon Phillips, Brayan Pena return to lineup


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) After missing Thursday's game, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips will return to the lineup to face the Braves on Friday. 

Phillips was a late scratch Thursday due to an illness as he was originally slated to play before being taken out. It was never anything considered serious. Phillips will hit sixth.

After getting the day off on Thursday, catcher Brayan Pena returns to the lineup and will hit eighth. 


Reds scratch 2B Brandon Phillips from lineup


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) The Reds removed second baseman Brandon Phillips from Thursday's lineup against the Braves, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Phillips is out of this game due to an illness. Skip Schumaker is filling in for Phillips at second base. Schumaker will bat seventh in this game. 


Brandon Phillips' two-run homer leads Reds


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips hit a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over Milwaukee. 

Phillips connected with two outs in the fourth inning for his first homer of the year. He now has 10 RBI and is hitting .263 after a 1-for-4 day. 

Phillips has hit in three straight games. 


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.