The Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals last night to move to within a game and a half of the Cardinals for the first Wild Card slot and to within 3 games of the first-place Pittsburgh Pirates. However, they saw their All-Star second baseman leave the game with an injury. Brandon Phillips left in the seventh inning after suffering a quad contusion while turning a double play in the sixth inning.
Jeremy Warnemuende of MLB.com says Phillips suffered the injury in the sixth, but he tried to stay in the game. Manager Dusty Baker made the decision to remove Phillips in the top of the seventh. He simply did not want to take a chance without knowing the severity of the injury. The club should know more today.
"We'll know tomorrow," Baker said when asked about Phillips. "I just couldn't take a chance."
Phillips appeared in his third career All-Star Game this season. He is hitting .267/.316/.420. For the second-straight year, Phillips has at least 18 home runs. Last night, he drove in his 101st run of the season. His production has been important to the Reds' offense this season. They will be holding their breath until they know more about his injury today.
The Red have trailed in the division for just about the entire season. However, they have remained within striking distance. The healthier they are, the more likely they will be to make up the three game gap between them and first place. Phillip will play a key role in any move they make in the division race.
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