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Reds clear Brandon Phillips to begin rehab assignment

Aug 14, 2014, 3:05 PM EDT

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Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Friday at Triple-A after missing the past five weeks following surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament.

Phillips is right on schedule for what was initially expected to be a six-week recovery process.

He was having a poor season before the injury, hitting .272 with seven homers and a .701 OPS that rates as his lowest mark since joining the Reds in 2006. He also swiped just one base in 86 games after averaging 21 steals per season from 2006-2012, so clearly at age 33 he’s showing major signs of decline.

In his absence the Reds have used Skip Schumaker and most recently Kris Negron at second base.

  1. paco53 - Aug 14, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    He was not having a “poor” season when he got hurt. With the 3 guys that the Reds played at 2b since he was hurt, it became apparent that losing Phillips is a lot more painful than loosing Votto. And, missing Phillips’ defense has been a major cause in the Reds’ decline since he went on the DL.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:05 PM

      Brandon’s on base percentage this year is below his career average

      Brandon’s slugging percentage this year is below his career average

      Brandon’s OPS is below is career average.

      His batting average and OPS+ are exactly the same as his career averages.

      He might not be having a poor season, but he is not having a good season either.

      Oh, his OPS+ this yr and for his career is 96, which is below league average.

  2. mrlcpa22 - Aug 14, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    It’s been a tough year. But even tougher without Brandon. I don’t always like his chatting with the opposing team ie: picked off 2nd in 17 or 18 extra inning game with Phillies couple of years ago. He was giggling with Rollins at the time. Not good! But we are way better with him.

    Joey is the one I’m concerned about. Hopefully it is a physical problem and it is getting better. Until the 2013 injury he was without question the best hitter in baseball. But ever since less power and way more strikeouts and weakly hit balls.

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