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Brandon Phillips (forearm) expected to return Friday

Jun 5, 2013, 8:28 PM EDT

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Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips hasn’t appeared in a game since getting hit on the left forearm by a pitch on Saturday evening.

But his return is apparently imminent.

According to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, both Phillips himself and Reds manager Dusty Baker insisted earlier this evening that Phillips will be back in Cincinnati’s starting lineup on Friday night in St. Louis for the start of an important three-game series against the division-rival Cardinals.

Phillips boasts a .296/.347/.481 batting line, nine homers and 45 RBI in 54 games this season. The Reds entered play Wednesday with a 36-23 record, trailing the Cardinals by 2 1/2 games in the NL Central.

Jack Hannahan is starting at second base in Cincy’s series finale tonight against the Rockies.

  1. thomas844 - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Glad he will be back for the Cardinal series, we definitely need him against them.

  2. mazblast - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Dusty can start Hannahan at 2B, a position he’s not all that familiar with, on Wednesday, but he couldn’t use Hannahan as a pinch-hitter for the even weaker-hitting Cesar Izturis in a tie game the other day. Uh huh.

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