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Brandon Phillips | Second Baseman

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (33) / 6/28/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 201
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Reds activated 2B Brandon Phillips from the 15-day disabled list.
Phillips is back in the Reds' starting lineup on Monday night (in St. Louis) for the first time since tearing a ligament in his left thumb on July 10. The second baseman was batting .272/.308/.392 with seven home runs and 40 RBI in 86 games before the injury. Aug 18 - 3:54 PM

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Brandon Phillips (thumb) went 2-for-3 with a double in his final minor league rehab game for Class-A Dayton on Sunday.

He's expected to be activated from the disabled list and return to the Reds lineup on Monday. The veteran infielder has been sidelined since tearing a ligament in his left thumb on July 11, but made very quick progress in his recovery.
Aug 17 - 4:43 PM

Brandon Phillips (thumb) went 0-for-2 plus a walk in his first minor league rehab game with Triple-A Louisville on Friday.

He also made an error defensively. Of course, he was squaring off against Gerrit Cole who was dominant on the hill, so that explains the hitless night at the dish. He's expected to play another pair of rehab games over the weekend and if all goes well, return to the Reds starting lineup on Monday.
Aug 16 - 8:37 AM

Brandon Phillips (thumb) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Louisville.

If everything goes smoothly, the second baseman could return to the Reds' active roster on Monday. Phillips has been on the disabled list since July 10 with a torn ligament in his left thumb. The Reds have been using Ramon Santiago and Kris Negron at second base.
Aug 14 - 2:43 PM

Brandon Phillips (thumb) could begin a rehab assignment at either Triple-A Louisville or Low-A Dayton on Friday.

It will put him on pace to be activated as soon as Monday if all goes well. Phillips took batting practice on Tuesday and it evidently went well enough that the Reds think he's nearly ready for game action. "That'll be the logical next step and then it'll be a game-by-game evaluation of how he's doing," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "He's going to certainly need at least a handful of at-bats to assess where he is and get his timing back somewhat and then we'll evaluate and see where he is."
Aug 13 - 11:01 AM

Brandon Phillips (thumb) took batting practice on Tuesday.

Phillips has been hitting in the cage and fielding grounders for the last week, but it's the first time he's taken BP since tearing a ligament in his left thumb on July 11. "I think he's been swinging the bat pain free, even with the vibration," manager Bryan Price said. The Reds remain hopeful of getting Phillips back before the end of the month. He'll go out on a rehab assignment before returning.
Aug 12 - 7:39 PM

Brandon Phillips (thumb) has been cleared to begin swinging a bat after a visit Thursday with the hand surgeon who performed his operation.

"He's swinging in the cage off a tee, so it's baby steps," Reds trainer Paul Lessard said. "But it's good baby steps." Phillips had already been fielding grounders for a few days, but he's doing so with a flat glove and will need to show he can do it with a regular glove that has some sort of protection. "We're working on some devices to keep the thumb stiff," Lessard said. "He's such a freewheeling guy. I don't want him hesitant in the field." Manager Bryan Price said Phillips is a bit ahead of his projected six-week timetable, but he'll need a rehab assignment before returning. "He'll have to go play somewhere," Price said. "It's a surgery and it's five- to six-week recover period. That's a long time away from the game without seeing live pitching."
Aug 8 - 9:23 AM

Brandon Phillips (thumb) has begun fielding grounders.

He had been throwing for a while, but obviously being able to use his left hand again is a big step. Phillips is roughly three weeks away from a return after having surgery in mid-July to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb. He's hit .272/.308/.392 with seven homers and 40 RBI for the Reds this season.
Aug 3 - 9:30 AM

Brandon Phillips (thumb) did some throwing on Monday.

"He was able to throw. Obviously, he was not able to catch the ball," Reds 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." Phillips is expected to be sidelined until late August following left thumb surgery.
Jul 21 - 8:38 PM

Reds placed 2B Brandon Phillips on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 10, with a torn ligament in his left thumb.

Phillips will undergo surgery and is expected to be sidelined around six weeks. Ramon Santiago is at second base for the Reds Friday and should see the bulk of the starts there unless the club acquires someone that's currently outside the organization.
Jul 11 - 2:34 PM

Brandon Phillips will undergo left thumb surgery and is expected to miss around six weeks.

The exact nature of the injury isn't yet known, but it's apparently not as serious as Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, who is expected to miss 8-12 weeks following thumb surgery. The Reds figure to look to Ramon Santiago as their primary second baseman for now.
Jul 10 - 5:00 PM

Brandon Phillips has been diagnosed with a torn ligament in his left thumb and will undergo surgery.

A brutal day for two teams in the National League Central. Similar to Yadier Molina, Phillips will likely be sidelined for 8-12 weeks. Ramon Santiago figures to fill in at second base for now, but the Reds will likely look to the trade market as they attempt to make do without him.
Jul 10 - 4:15 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Brandon Phillips (thumb) will be out for "a while."

Phillips rolled over his left thumb Wednesday while trying to make a diving play on the edge of the outfield grass. The Reds initially labeled it a thumb sprain, but Rosenthal is hearing from sources that it's more of a "ligament issue" and "possible tear." Ramon Santiago started at second base for Cincinnati on Thursday afternoon against the Cubs.
Jul 10 - 3:37 PM

Brandon Phillips (thumb) is not in the Reds' starting lineup Thursday afternoon versus the Cubs.

Phillips suffered a sprained left thumb while attempting to make a diving play on defense Wednesday night. The second baseman looked to be in a great deal of pain as he was helped off the field and could be held out until after the All-Star break. Ramon Santiago is starting at second for the Reds on Thursday against Chicago.
Jul 10 - 10:01 AM

Reds manager Bryan Price said he doesn't believe Brandon Phillips' left thumb injury to be "brutal."

"We'll do due diligence to get much more depth on the injury," Price said. "It can be more significant than we believe it is and hope it is as this point in time. But right now, the initial signs are it's not a brutal injury and we can have him back sooner than later." Phillips appeared to be in some pain when he got the thumb caught while diving for a ball in the eighth inning, and he was seen leaving the clubhouse with a brace on the thumb after the game. More should be known about his outlook in the coming days.
Jul 9 - 11:41 PM

Depth Charts

C1Devin Mesoraco
2Brayan Peña
1B1Joey Votto
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Ramon Santiago
SS1Zack Cozart
3B1Todd Frazier
2Jack Hannahan
LF1Ryan Ludwick
2Chris Heisey
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Skip Schumaker
3Kristopher Negron
RF1Jay Bruce
Starting Pitcher
S1Johnny Cueto
2Mat Latos
3Homer Bailey
4Mike Leake
5Alfredo Simon
6Dylan Axelrod
Relief Pitcher
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Manny Parra
3Sam LeCure
4Jumbo Diaz
5Logan Ondrusek
6Pedro Villarreal
7Trevor Bell
8Sean Marshall