Updates from Monday, Aug. 18
MLB Roster Moves confirmed Brandon Phillips' return to the Reds' lineup:
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 14
Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports on Brandon Phillips' next step in his recovery:
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 3
John Fay of Cincinnati.com reports rehab activities Brandon Phillips has recently performed:
But Phillips (torn left thumb tendon) will be back – probably in three weeks or so. He's already taking ground balls.
Updates from Tuesday, July 22
Mark Sheldon of MLB.com provided an update on Brandon Phillips' recovery from thumb surgery:
The lengthy recovery process for injured second baseman Brandon Phillips took a step forward on Monday. Phillips, who underwent surgery on July 11 to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, began working out in Cincinnati.
'He was able to throw. Obviously, he was not able to catch the ball,' manager Bryan Price said. 'And he's able to do some movement with his hand a lot more comfortably. It's still on schedule but still a ways away.'
Updates from Sunday, July 20
ESPN's Jim Bowden provides a synopsis of Reds general manager Walt Jocketty discussing the updated timetable for Brandon Phillips' potential return:
Earlier this week, Manny Randhawa of MLB.com provided a statement from Reds manager Bryan Price discussing Phillips' recovery and potential return:
It's so far out, and when I say 'far out,' it's more weeks; I'm not talking about months and months and months. But with both Brandon [Phillips] and Joey, we're talking more about weeks than days. So I think it would be reckless of me to suggest there's a due date on when either one of them would be back.
Updates from Friday, July 11
The Reds' official Twitter feed has the latest on Phillips:
Updates from Thursday, July 10
John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports bad news regarding Brandon Phillips' injury:
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports provides details on Phillps' recovery:
Rosenthal previously reported the serious nature of the injury::
Cincinnati Reds All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips injured his thumb in Wednesday's game against the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park.
MLB.com's Mark Sheldon provided initial details on Phillips' ailment:
Sheldon then confirmed Phillips hurt his thumb after the star underwent an x-ray:
After the Reds 4-1 win, C. Trent Rosecrans noted how Phillips looked after the game:
Chad Dotson of ESPN noted how speedy Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton also exited the game with an injury:
This only adds to the Reds' recent health woes, highlighted by superstar Joey Votto being placed on the 15-day disabled list with a nagging strained quadriceps. Unfortunately, Reds manager Bryan Price implied Votto could be out for more than two weeks, per the MLB's official Twitter account:
While Votto brings a ton of power to the fold, Hamilton is a speed demon on the basepaths and in the outfield, and Phillips is a longtime veteran leader Cincinnati needs to weather adversity.
The Reds are going to be entering the All-Star break on the mend to say the least. The lineup has suffered without Votto being his typical self.
Phillips and others haven't been able to pick up enough slack, making this injury news all the more devastating for Cincinnati.
The National League Central division features four out of five teams at .500 or better, including the Reds. Getting hit with a rash of injuries with the Central race so close is going to be difficult to recover from. Unless Cincinnati's strong starting pitching can remain among the MLB's best, this club will be hard-pressed to remain in the playoff chase, especially if Phillips is unable to contribute to the lineup for a significant amount of time.