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Height/Weight: 6-0/201 | Birthdate: 6/28/1981 | Birthplace: Raleigh, NC | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Cincinnati | College: No College | MLB Experience: 13 | Salary: $10,083,333 | Owned/Started%: 55/30 | Average Draft Position: 133.55
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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.


Brandon Phillips starts fielding grounders


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips began fielding ground balls Thursday for the first time having surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, MLB.com reports on Friday. He's targeting a late August return.

"He's got a really great brace that protects his thumb from being bent to the wrong position when fielding," manager Bryan Price said. "The great thing about it is he's able to continue working on his footwork and stay in baseball shape and throw, which is very important. He's still a ways away from being able to swing the bat."

Brandon Phillips begins post-surgery workouts


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips began working out for the first time since having surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, MLB.com reports on Monday. Phillips will be sidelined for at least six weeks to recover from surgery.

"He was able to throw. Obviously, he was not able to catch the ball," manager Bryan Price said. "And he's able to do some movement with his hand a lot more comfortably. It's still on schedule but still a ways away."

Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips still 4-5 weeks away from return


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told MLB Network Radio Sunday that first baseman Joey Votto (quadriceps) and second baseman Brandon Phillips (thumb) are about 4-5 weeks away from returning.

"We're hopeful that they will be back for the stretch run -- end of August or first week of September," Jocketty said.


Brandon Phillips placed on DL with thumb injury


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) The Reds placed second baseman Brandon Phillips on the 15-day disabled list Friday, after suffering a trhumb injury that will likely require surgery.

According to reports the previous day, Phillips could miss 8 to 12 weeks while recovering from a torn ligament in his left thumb. 


Brandon Phillips could miss two months with thumb surgery


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips will under surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Thursday.

Phillips suffered the injury Wednesday when he landed awkwardly while fielding, and further examination Thursday revealed the extent of the injury. He will miss eight to 12 weeks while recovering from the injury, possibly putting him out through the end of the regular season.

Phillips had appeared in 86 of the team's first 91 games prior to the injury, batting .272/.308/.392 in 334 at-bats. 


Report: Reds fear Brandon Phillips has ligament damage in thumb


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) The Reds fear second baseman Brandon Phillips has suffered a serious injury in his left thumb, according to FOXSports.com Thursday.

According to the report, Phillips is expected to miss significant time, with a ligament issue in his left thumb. It is possible the ligament is torn, though that has not been confirmed at this point.

Phillips suffered the injury during Wednesday's game, when he rolled awkwardly while making a defensive play. Phillips is hitting .272/.308/.392 for the season.  


Billy Hamilton, Brandon Phillips out Thursday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) The Reds will be without a pair of starters for Thursday's game against the Cubs, after both suffered injuries Wednesday.

Neither Billy Hamilton (hamstring) nor Brandon Phillips (thumb) is in the lineup for Thursday's series finale. Both were forced to leave Wednesday's game as a result of their injuries, and they remain day to day at this point.


Brandon Phillips exits game Wednesday with thumb sprain


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was removed from Wednesday's game after suffering a thumb sprain, the team announced.

X-rays on the injured thumb came back clean. Phillips suffered the injury diving for a ball in the eighth inning of Wednesday's game. He went 2 for 3 with an RBI in Wednesday's win. Phillips has hit .272/.308/.392 with seven home runs and 40 RBI in 334 at-bats.


Brandon Phillips swats crucial ninth-inning home run vs. Giants


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2014) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips came through in the clutch Saturday, slugging a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning  to briefly put his team ahead in its 7-3, 11-inning win against the Giants.

After Giants closer Sergio Romo walked Joey Votto to begin the ninth, Phillips deposited a pitch over the left-field wall to give his team its first lead of the game, but the Giants even the score in the bottom half of the inning and send the game into extras. It was the second home run in three games the second baseman has hit off the Giants. Phillips owns a .275/.308/.409 line with seven home runs and 36 RBI in 298 at-bats.


Brandon Phillips returns Thursday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2014) Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is back in the lineup Thursday against the Giants, after missing three straight games with a bruised heel.

Phillips was initially announced as a starter Wednesday before being scratched late, so it doesn't come as much of a surprise that he is back in the lineup.