Updates from Monday, Aug. 18
MLB Roster Moves confirmed Brandon Phillips' return to the Reds' lineup:
The @Reds reinstate 2B Brandon Phillips, RHP Logan Ondrusek from 15-day DL.— MLBRosterMoves (@MLBRosterMoves) August 18, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 14
Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports on Brandon Phillips' next step in his recovery:
The expected is now official: Brandon Phillips to begin rehab assignment at AAA Louisville on Friday. #reds— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) August 14, 2014
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:
#Reds GM Walt Jocketty just told us that both Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips are approximately 5 weeks away…ouch Sirius 209 XM 89— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 20, 2014
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:
Reds place Phillips on 15-day DL, option Tucker to Louisville, recall from Louisville Contreras and Partch.— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 11, 2014
Updates from Thursday, July 10
John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports bad news regarding Brandon Phillips' injury:
Confirmed that Phillips has a torn ligament. Surgery tomorrow. Big blow to #Reds.— John Fay (@johnfayman) July 10, 2014
#reds confirm Phillips surgery. Say will miss 6 weeks or so— John Fay (@johnfayman) July 10, 2014
Price on Phillips: "It's a big blow. He's good two-way player. Really consistent for us offensively. . . Spectacular defense." #reds— John Fay (@johnfayman) July 10, 2014
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports provides details on Phillps' recovery:
Rosenthal previously reported the serious nature of the injury::
Reds' lineup vs. Hendricks: pic.twitter.com/1wFPa8Y1Lv— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) July 10, 2014
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:
Phillips is hurting and laying on field. Appeared left wrist rolled under him on diving attempt on Rizzo grounder in 8th #reds— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) July 10, 2014
Sheldon then confirmed Phillips hurt his thumb after the star underwent an x-ray:
Sorry -- that should have said sprained left thumb for Phillips. X-rays negative. #reds— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) July 10, 2014
After the Reds 4-1 win, C. Trent Rosecrans noted how Phillips looked after the game:
Brandon Phillips had a brace on his left thumb as he left the clubhouse #Reds— ctrent (@ctrent) July 10, 2014
Chad Dotson of ESPN noted how speedy Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton also exited the game with an injury:
Billy Hamilton and Brandon Phillips both come out of the game with injuries. Reds fans can’t have nice things.— Chad Dotson (@dotsonc) July 10, 2014
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:
Will the Reds make the 2014 MLB playoffs/
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.