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MLB Injury News:
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was hit in
the arm by Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Tony Watson during the eighth inning of
yesterday’s contest. Phillips was removed from the game, and manager Dusty Baker told reporters – including Mark Sheldon of MLB.com – that he expects to
be without the second baseman for today’s weekend finale, and possibly longer.
"It might be a couple of days. One thing that saved him
was the wristband," Baker said. "We're just lucky it's not broken. I
asked [home-plate umpire John Hirschbeck] when I went out to change guys on the
lineup card. He said it sounded like it hit bone, like it was plastic or
something. I was just praying that he was OK. He's been getting hit a lot
lately. It hit him pretty good. I don't know if he was trying to pitch inside
or what was happening. You just don't want to see people get hurt."
Phillips said after the game that he thought for sure his
arm was broken during the HBP, but X-rays luckily came back negative.
"He got me good," Phillips said. "When he hit
me, I thought it was broke for sure. That was the first thing that hit my mind.
It made one of those sounds. I was like, 'Oh man, I think I might be done.' I
can't really close my fist all the way."
The Reds are lucky there was no break, but they will still
want to get Phillips back in the lineup as soon as possible considering how he’s
started the season. The 31-year-old has hit .296/.347/.481 with 13 doubles and
nine home runs over 243 plate appearances.
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