Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips suffered a finger injury and left Monday's game against the New York Mets after being hit by a Noah Syndergaard pitch. He's missed the last two games but is ready to return to the field.
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Phillips Active vs. Pirates
Friday, April 29
Reds Lose Phillips' Experience in Lineup
Phillips is no longer the offensive force of his prime years, when he emerged as one of baseball's most dangerous middle infielders because of his combination of power and speed. That said, he's still a reliable producer for the Reds after vetoing two trades during the offseason in order to stay with the club.
Injuries have become more of a problem over the past couple of seasons. He missed more than a month during the 2014 campaign because of a torn thumb ligament and has dealt with various minor ailments since then, including sitting out some games earlier this season while dealing with a stomach virus.
Although Phillips' overall play has dropped off a bit in recent years, he's still vital to the Reds offense.