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Reds manager admits Brandon Phillips came back from surgery too soon

Sep 4, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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It’s common for people to play up the positive, tough-guy aspects of athletes playing through injuries and/or returning sooner than expected, but whenever that goes poorly–and it does, constantly–that’s often just brushed under the rug.

In related news, Reds manager Bryan Price admitted Wednesday that second baseman Brandon Phillips came back too soon from surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament.

I think it all comes down to the inactivity, I don’t think there’s any question. You take six weeks off and he jumps right back in like he did. That’s on us, he wanted–we knew Brandon wanted to play, but that was in large part our willingness organizationally and my willingness as a manager to say yes. Sure, come on back, you played three games after six weeks, come on back.

Phillips is 8-for-54 (.148) in 14 games since coming off the disabled list “ahead of schedule.”

  1. beepbeepbeeplgb - Sep 4, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    i thought it was odd him n molina had the same injury, on the same day and he was back like 2 weeks before him. so glad the cards took their time w/ molina.

  2. theageofquarrel - Sep 4, 2014 at 12:46 PM


  3. cincinata - Sep 4, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Well, now that Aaron knows it, that is about everybody in the baseball universe. Price was DESPERATE, that’s why! And, it was almost inevitable that Brandon could not contribute as he had in the past.

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