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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Reds Injury Update: Brandon Phillips placed on DL

By on 7/12/2014 12:30:00 PM

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips tore a ligament in his left thumb during Wednesday's game with the Chicago Cubs. He underwent surgery Friday to have the ligament repaired, and the Reds expect him to miss approximately six weeks. They placed him on the disabled list Friday and called up catcher Tucker Barnhart from Triple-A Louisville.

Phillips injured his thumb diving for an Anthony Rizzo ground ball in the top of the eighth inning.'s Manny Randhawa reports that the surgery went very well. Phillips appeared to have twisted his glove hand, rolling the wrist, but it turned out that he bent his thumb the wrong way. He stayed on the ground for over two minutes before walking off.

Reds manager Bryan Price expects that six-week timetable to turn out accurate. Said Price,
"I haven't spoken with Dr. [Timothy] Kremchek yet, but I've gotten correspondence from him, and it sounds like it went as well as it could possibly go, and it wasn't necessarily more extensive than they anticipated, so we hope that the protocols will be what we expect and not longer."
Phillips is a gold-glove second baseman who gets it done at the plate as well. He was hitting .272 with 7 HR and 40 RBI in 86 games for the Reds.

Phillips is one of a number of Reds to go down this week alone. His replacement at second base, Skip Schumaker, went on the concussion list, and pitchers Mat Latos and Homer Bailey also exited games early. Latos strained his back, and Bailey injured his knee. Still, the Reds have managed to keep winning, and they sit just 1.5 games behind Milwaukee and a half game behind St. Louis in the N.L. Central as play begins on July 12.

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