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Brandon Phillips | Second Baseman | #4

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (35) / 6/28/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 211
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1999 / Rd. 2 (0) / WAS
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Brandon Phillips is not in the Braves' lineup Sunday.
He's just getting a breather. Danny Santana is covering second base. The Braves also have Kurt Suzuki catching over Tyler Flowers. May 14 - 10:57 AM

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Brandon Phillips is not in the Braves' lineup Sunday.

It looks to be a simple day off. Jace Peterson will handle second base and Adonis Garcia moves up to the No. 2 spot in the batting order. The Braves also have Kurt Suzuki catching over Tyler Flowers.
May 7 - 10:28 AM

Brandon Phillips (groin) has returned to the Braves' starting lineup on Saturday.

Phillips missed a pair of games due to a groin injury but has declared himself ready to go on Saturday. He's off to a strong start offensively, hitting .352/.387/.507 with two homers, nine RBI and five stolen bases on the season.
Apr 29 - 3:48 PM

Brandon Phillips (groin) remains out of the Braves starting lineup on Friday.

Phillips was forced to leave Wednesday's game due to a strained left groin but is adamant that he won't require a trip to the disabled list. Braves' skipper Brian Snitker said he hopes to have Phillips back in there on Saturday.
Apr 28 - 6:35 PM

Brandon Phillips (groin) said Thursday morning that he doesn't anticipate needing a 10-day disabled list stint.

Phillips made an early exit from Wednesday's game against the Mets after suffering a strained left groin, but it's thought to be relatively minor. The veteran second baseman told reporters he's aiming to play this weekend in Milwaukee, even if trainers have to wrap him "like a Chipotle burrito."
Apr 27 - 11:15 AM

Braves manager Brian Snitker doesn't think Brandon Phillips' groin injury is serious.

Phillips strained his groin sliding into a second base on a failed stolen base attempt in the first inning Wednesday against the Mets. He left the game an inning later. Snitner is hoping Phillips will be available to pinch-hit on Thursday night and expects him back in the lineup for Friday's series opener against Milwaukee. Jace Peterson subbed in for Phillips at second base on Wednesday and will likely draw the start there on Thursday.
Apr 26 - 11:14 PM

Brandon Phillips left Wednesday's game against the Mets with a strained left groin.

He singled in his only at-bat before Jace Peterson replaced him at second base to begin the bottom half of the second inning. The Braves are calling him day-to-day, though strained groins often lead to stints on the disabled list. Phillips is off to an outstanding start, batting .352 with two homers, nine RBI and five steals through his first 19 games.
Apr 26 - 8:51 PM

Brandon Phillips is batting second for the Braves on Sunday.

Phillips had hit fifth or sixth in every game this season, but he's earned a move up in the order after a .333/.371/.500 start with a couple homers. The struggling Dansby Swanson is batting eighth for the third straight game. The Braves also have Jace Peterson at third base over Adonis Garcia on Sunday and Kurt Suzuki over Tyler Flowers at catcher.

Brandon Phillips picked a good time for his first homer as a member of the Braves, as his sixth inning blast Saturday proved to be the difference in a 4-2 win over the Padres.

Phillips went down to get the Clayton Richard offering, walloping it to the deepest part of the ballpark to give the Braves the lead. Adonis Garcia followed with a solo homer of his own to stretch the lead to two, where it would stay. Despite the homer being the first in a Braves uniform for the 35-year-old, he's been a productive addition in the early going, batting .289/.357/.447 with three steals to go with the homer.
Apr 16 - 12:54 AM

Brandon Phillips went 2-for-4, scored two runs and stole a base in Saturday's loss to the Pirates.

He singled, stole second and scored in the second inning; then doubled and scored in the eighth. He committed a key error that opened the gates for the Pirates in the third inning. Phillips can offer his fantasy owners some power, batting average and speed, although not to the extent he did in the past. The 35-year-old used to be one of the elite second basemen in fantasy baseball, but his skills have faded to where he is only a fringe starter in mixed leagues today.
Apr 8 - 11:02 PM

Brandon Phillips went 2-for-3 from the second spot in the order Wednesday in the Braves' 3-2 win over the Phillies.

If Phillips spends time hitting second for the Braves this year, it'll mean Dansby Swanson either got hurt or struggled to produce. Phillips will likely start off batting sixth or seventh, which would seem to rule him out as an option in shallow mixed leagues.
Mar 8 - 4:06 PM

Brandon Phillips is batting sixth in the lineup for his Grapefruit League debut with the Braves on Saturday against the Blue Jays.

This looks an awful lot like it could be the club's Opening Day lineup, minus the fact that there's a designated hitter in play. Phillips spent most of his time with the Reds alternating between the 3-5 spots in the lineup, so expect his counting stats to take a small hit overall with the bump down.
Feb 25 - 7:56 AM

Braves acquired 2B Brandon Phillips and cash from the Reds in exchange for LHP Andrew McKirahan and RHP Carlos Portuondo.

The Reds are paying all but $1 million that's owed to Phillips and are receiving two non-prospects in return, so this is just about moving on and giving an opportunity to Jose Peraza and perhaps Dilson Herrera. From the Braves' perspective, they gave up next-to-nothing and got a solid second baseman following Sean Rodriguez's shoulder injury. ESPN's Buster Olney hears that the Braves are likely to bat Phillips sixth in their lineup.
Feb 12 - 2:12 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Braves and Reds "have completed their agreement" in the trade of Brandon Phillips to Atlanta.

Olney says that only "administrative boxes" need to be checked before the trade is announced. MLB.com's Mark Sheldon hears that the Reds will receive two players from the Braves in the deal and that Cincinnati is eating most of the $14 million Phillips is owed in 2017. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says that the two sides hope to announce the trade on Monday. Phillips will take over at second base in Atlanta, while Jose Peraza is now in line to play second for Cincinnati.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 12 - 8:22 AM

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, "hurdles remain" in the Braves' talks to acquire Brandon Phillips.

The deal is reportedly close but will be dependent on Phillips' health after injuring his left hand late last season. Per Rosenthal, the Reds aren't expecting a major return package as the team's primary motivation for trading Phillips was to clear their infield logjam. The Reds are also willing to pay most of Phillips' $14 million salary for 2017. Top prospect Ozzie Albies remains the Braves' long-term solution at second base, but Phillips makes sense as a one-year stopgap. The 35-year-old will hit the free agent market next offseason.
Feb 12 - 12:11 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Flowers
2Kurt Suzuki
1B1Freddie Freeman
2Matt Adams
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Jace Peterson
3Sean Rodriguez
4Micah Johnson
SS1Dansby Swanson
3B1Adonis Garcia
2Rio Ruiz
LF1Matt Kemp
CF1Ender Inciarte
2Emilio Bonifacio
3Danny Santana
RF1Nick Markakis
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Bartolo Colon
3Jaime Garcia
4R.A. Dickey
5Michael Foltynewicz
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jim Johnson
2Arodys Vizcaino
3Jose Ramirez
4Ian Krol
5Eric O'Flaherty
6Daniel Winkler
7Chaz Roe
8Jason Motte
9Jacob Lindgren
10Armando Rivero
11Sam Freeman
12Luke Jackson
13Matt Wisler