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Reds' Phillips 'concerned' after taking pitch off hand

Aug 26, 2010, 1:46 AM EDT

Brandon Phillips, the All-Star second baseman for the NL Central-leading Cincinnati Reds, left Wednesday’s game against the San Francisco Giants after he was hit on the hand by a pitch from Santiago Casilla.

The incident occurred in the fifth inning of what would become a wild 12-11 Cincinnati victory. While Phillips stayed in the game to run the bases, he left in the bottom of the inning.

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Phillips will have x-rays once the swelling goes down, and that Phillips told a reporter that he was concerned.

Losing Phillips would be a substantial blow to the Reds, who hold a 3 1/2-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals. Phillips is hitting .290 with 16 home runs, 50 RBIs, 89 runs, and 13 steals (though in 23 attempts).

If a brash guy like Phillips is concerned, that can’t be good, but the Reds should know more about the seriousness of the injury on Thursday.

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  1. Jess_Ball - Aug 26, 2010 at 2:26 AM

    When Randy Wolf took a Pence line-drive off his pitching hand, he was incredibly lucky and escaped with a bruise. Maybe Brandon will end up on Wolf’s side of the experience.
    We are still not sure how he escaped a potential fracture. He came back for his next start and pitched well.
    Another scenario – Brandon is out a few days, and the bases are loaded in the 9th and he’s cleared to pinch hit on his bobble-head day. And hits a grand-slam, Manny-style. Good luck. Also, can you guys show a little more understanding with Jim Edmonds? The Brewers are not a running team, unfortunately. But I think Edmonds was able to use it to his advantage. We’d used him sparingly. He could have helped us out quite a bit; especially because Cincy is relying on us (and Houston and everyone else in the Central) to beat the opposition for the Reds down the stretch. Do you want Dickerson back? *Or Gomez? :) Just teach him how to bunt.
    Good luck, you guys. We’ll try to hold down our end.

  2. BC - Aug 26, 2010 at 9:05 AM


  3. Old Gator - Aug 26, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    Brandon Phillips shouldn’t worry much about being hit on the hand. His vital organ is his mouth.

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