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Brandon Phillips sits with sore hammy after landing big contract

Apr 10, 2012, 6:14 PM EST

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It’ll be a few days before Brandon Phillips gets to start justifying the Reds’ $72.5 million commitment to him.

Manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday that Phillips would miss three or four days because of a sore left hamstring, the Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Fay reports.

Phillips, for his part, said he was ready to play.

“His mind is telling him he can play,” Baker said. “But his body is telling him no. That’s the attitude you want but we’ve got to look at the big picture. This is the one thing you’re always fearful of early in the year when the weather turns — somebody pulling or tweaking something.”

In a minor surprise, Willie Harris is replacing Phillips at second base and in the leadoff spot today. Harris came up primarily as a second baseman, but he started just 16 games there from 2009-11. Miguel Cairo seemed the more likely choice to start.

  1. Utley's Hair - Apr 10, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Yet another pitfall of giving guys fat contracts—their wallets get so big that they hurt themselves.

  2. okwhitefalcon - Apr 10, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    It looks as though the Reds fanbase has bad hamstrings as well.

    Another sparse crowd tonight at GABP, shameful.

    • okwhitefalcon - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:25 PM

      Announced attendance of just over 17k, maybe 1/2 of that in the ballpark in the 8th inning of a close game on the day they commit $72.5 million bones on their All Star second baseman.

      • bunglesindajungle - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:15 PM

        Considering last year at this time the attendance was hovering around 10K I think its ok. The crowds will continue to increase.

  3. whodeytn - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:03 AM

    Announced attendance of just over 17k, maybe 1/2 of that in the ballpark in the 8th inning of a close game on the day they commit $72.5 million bones on their All Star second baseman.
    ——-

    Don’t have much of a life do ya

    • paperlions - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:13 AM

      Well, Cinci fans do tend to bitch about spending and do seem to be pinning their hopes on a big TV deal that won’t start for at least 4 years. Maybe they should shut up and buy some tickets, which are the cheapest tickets in the entire league. Right now Cinci is ranked 18th in attendance among the 21 teams that have hosted at least 1 game.

      Are Reds fans showing their dedication by all watching on TV, hoping that the ratings from this year affect the new deal in 2016?

      • brucewaynewins - Apr 11, 2012 at 8:11 AM

        They are averaging over 28k. They don’t typical draw well on a cold early April weekday series. 28K puts them well over most team’s seasonal average. We’re talking about 5 games out of 81. We’re not even a full week into the season. Also all those teams with 1 game are home openers. Those should ALL be sell outs. So unless they have 10k seating maximum then of course they are gonna rank higher than other teams.

      • paperlions - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:16 AM

        I would be willing to bet that 28K average is going to creep down farther as the season progresses. The last time Cinci averaged 28K or more was 2004.

      • bailey2626 - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:37 AM

        Why do you people care about Cincinnati’s attendance? Have you seen Tampa Bay’s attendance? They seem to be doing just fine. I am so sick of hearing about attendance! God people, get a life already, especially if you aren’t even a Reds’ fan. Go boast about “your” spectacular, incredible, holier-than-thou attendance somewhere else. Because you know, that’s all that matters in sports, right? Talk about beating a dead horse…

  4. ajcardsfan - Apr 11, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    “His mind is telling him he can play,” Baker said. “But his body is telling him no”

    Even though it’s backwards from Bump and Grind, did anybody else read that in R. Kelly’s voice?

  5. foreverchipper10 - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Maybe he hurt it doing one of those cartoon leaps where you get stuck in the air once he saw the money Jocketty ponied up for him.

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