Nix activated, Phillips' feat

The Reds activated OF Laynce Nix from the disabled list on Tuesday. Nix had been out since Aug. 31 because of a bulging disc in his neck.

In 106 games entering the day, Nix was batting .251 with 13 homes, 25 doubles and 37 RBIs.

“I got a couple of epidural shots – some darts in my neck — and just some downtime so it could calm down,” Nix said. “The shots dissipated the inflammation.”

Nix didn’t expect the neck issue to be a lingering one.

“I just have to maintain it. It will be fine,” he said.

It’s way late in the season and too late to contend, but Reds are slowly getting healthy. Jay Bruce returned from the DL on Monday. Both Nix and Bruce got the start against Reds destroyer Roy Oswalt on Tuesday 

“Those guys both give us the best chance to beat Oswalt,” manager Dusty Baker said. “You just hope there’s not too much rust on them.

“I’m still going to have to watch them some. We still don’t know what kind of baseball shape they’re in. they’ve been working out but you just don’t want them to get fatigued, especially late in the game. I might have to see how they do today and maybe give them tomorrow off. They probably won’t like it.”

Reds lineup:

Stubbs 8
Janish 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Rolen 5
Bruce 9
Nix 7
Miller 2
Wells 1

When 2B Brandon Phillips hit his 20th home run of the season in the eighth inning of Monday’s win. He also has 26 doubles and 24 steals. Phillips and Florida’s Hanley Ramirez are the only players in the Majors to produce at least 20 homers, 20 doubles and 20 steals in each of the last three seasons. (courtesy Elias Sports Bureau).

“One of my goals is to get 20-20 every year,” Phillips said. “There aren’t many players that do that at any other position, especially second base. You set your goals for yourself and you have things you can shoot for. I would have done it earlier if I was healthier. I’m just glad it finally happened and it’s over with. I achieved one of my goals.”

Phillips, who came in batting .276 with 88 RBIs is now shooting for 100 RBIs. Baker encouraged him to reach that goal earlier this season.

“I didn’t have it as a goal at the beginning. I had to add it on there,” Phillips said. “I’m close. It’d be a nice thing if it happens. It’d be a blessing to get 100 RBIs because I’ve never done it before. I already did the 30-30 thing. Junior pushed me to that because I didn’t really think I could do that. I know I can do it again. Maybe one day I can do 40-40, you never know.”

Phillips is the only Reds player to ever do 20 doubles, 20 homers and 20 steals in three consecutive seasons. Only four players in team history have done it over any three seasons — Vada Pinson, Joe Morgan, Eric Davis and Phillips.

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Phillips is a terrific player, and when he’s no longer the best player on this team, the Reds will be ready to contend.

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