Yet another player down
I am literally whistling the theme song from M*A*S*H as I write this entry because another player has prematurely left a game with an injury.
This time it was 2B Brandon Phillips, who departed Thursday’s Reds-Giants tilt in the bottom of the third inning. The issue was a sore left wrist. Phillips was hit by a pitch there on Saturday and missed Sunday’s game. He’s been playing with it the past couple of days.
Drew Sutton pinch-hit for Phillips in the third inning and remained in the game at second base.
This week alone — Phillips, Joey Votto and Willy Taveras (quadriceps) have exited mid-game with an injury. Johnny Cueto officially went on the DL today, too, because of shoulder inflammation.
“Before the game, he said ‘I don’t know if I can go. I will do what I can,’” Reds manager Dusty Baker said of Phillips. “Then he took those swings off of [Giants starter Matt] Cain. I could see him wincing and could tell he was in pain. He’s day-to-day and hopefully he will be back [Friday].”
“I couldn’t hold the bat on my bottom hand today,” Phillips said. “Maybe it was because we had a early game today, it couldn’t take its time to heal. It swelled up. It’s been bothering me for a while. I was feeling it a little bit yesterday and today I was feeling it a lot. If it was a night game, I would have been able to play the whole game.”
Phillips, who was 0-for-1 with a fly out vs. San Francisco, is batting .260 with 17 home runs and a team-leading 75 RBIs. He hoped to be in the lineup vs. the Pirates.
“If I keep on icing it, I should be,” Phillips said. “I tried to play today so why not try tomorrow?”
On the bright side, the Reds salvaged one game out of the Giants series with a 2-1 win in 10 innings. The winner came on Drew Stubbs’ leadoff homer in the bottom of the 10th — his first in the big leagues.
The only question after Stubbs connected against Bobby Howry’s 2-0 fastball was: fair or foul? The hit kissed off of the left field foul pole.
“I knew I got it good enough. Luckily it tucked right inside the foul pole,” Stubbs said.
“When it went out, I thought it was [fair],” Baker said. “Then I saw it hook at the last minute. I was like ‘please stay fair,’ because we needed that one real bad. You don’t know how bad we needed that one. We got it.”
As he did a postgame TV interview on the field, Stubbs was drenched by Jonny Gomes with a Gatorade cooler. Bronson Arroyo followed up with the ol’ shaving cream pie.
Stubbs was 0-for-4 with three Ks heading into the final at-bat.
“You have to be able to put the failures behind you. That’s something you’ll do a lot of in this game. The best hitters fail 70 percent of the time. I think I was able to clear my head up there and put together a good at-bat.”
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