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Brandon Phillips expects to play tonight despite “nasty swelling” on shin

Oct 1, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Brandon Phillips took a foul ball off his leg Saturday and then sat out Sunday’s game with what Mark Sheldon of MLB.com describes as “some nasty swelling above his left shin.”

However, the Reds second baseman felt much better Monday and is expected to be in the lineup for tonight’s Wild Card playoff game against the Pirates.

Or as manager Dusty Baker put it:

I expect Brandon to be in there. I saw him yesterday. I told him, “he wasn’t limping, he was pimping” … not literally.

Between that quote and all the brawl-starting home run celebrations it’s really been a banner season for the word “pimping” being used in a baseball context. Congrats to everyone involved.

  1. stoutfiles - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Well as long as he can lay a bunt down. Because, as the flow chart posted earlier today says, the Reds are the team to root for if you love bunting, even though we’re awful at it.

    • paperlions - Oct 1, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      The Reds do lead MLB in sacrifice bunts with 85, but if you remove those by pitchers, they are actually 3rd behind both the Rangers and Astros with only 37. Interestingly, the Reds are the only NL team in the top 5 in sac bunts by non-pitchers.

      • stoutfiles - Oct 1, 2013 at 2:51 PM

        Does it show how many times they tried to sac bunt but got two strikes so switched to hitting? Or how mnay times they just sraight failed at it? As someone who’s watched the vast majority of Reds games, we are awful at bunting. Even the announcers repeatedly comment on it.

        Now Arroyo, that guy can bunt like a pro. I would have him pinch hit over anyone in a sac bunt situation.

      • paperlions - Oct 1, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        Nope. Just the successful ones….I have no idea if anyone keeps track of “foul bunts” or “bunted, missed”, or even “Ks on bunt attempts”…..I am sure teams do (at least for themselves)….but I have never seen such info publicly available.

        FWIW, Cardinal announcers regularly complain when a Cardinal can’t get a bunt down (pitcher or not)….they can lay down 10 great bunts in a row, one guy screws up and they go off like it is a chronic problem.

  2. theroc5156 - Oct 1, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Does it really matter if he plays? I mean, with the way the Reds have lied down the past week, it’s not like he’s expected to hit or anything. Nobody else on the Reds is anyway.

    Sad that they had some momentum and then started tanking when it counts. Fire Brook Jacoby.

    • jm91rs - Oct 1, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      I’ve never understood the “fire the hitting coach” slogan. I don’t think the hitting coach has all that much importance to a team aside from looking at video of swings and finding mechanics flaws. He can’t fire up the team and make them play better day to day.

      • bengalsucker - Oct 1, 2013 at 1:15 PM

        So mechanics have nothing to do with their issues? It’s all mental huh? Maybe we should hire you as a hitting coach.

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