Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was missing again from the lineup on Wednesday vs. the Mets.
“Still a little banged up,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “We’re going to see what he’s going to be able to do today, get him moving around and see how he’s feeling. More than the hand is the shin is bothering him a little bit. We’re just going to have to get him out there, get him active, get him more treatment and see if he’s able to do something for us tonight during the game.”
Phillips was hurt Monday when he fouled two Noah Syndergaard pitches off of his left shin, and then was hit on the left ringer finger by a fastball in the same plate appearance. I would not be shocked if he returns Friday, following Thursday’s team off day. That would give him three days to recover.
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Eugenio Suarez was excited to be batting fourth on Tuesday vs. the Mets, it was the first time batting there in his brief career. It was needed by manager Bryan Price with Brandon Phillips needing a day off after being hit by a pitch on Monday.
“They trust me. I feel so happy because he has that confidence,” Suarez said. “I won’t try to do more than I can do. I’ll hit the same as in the second hole.”
Said Price: “Also to give some good coverage behind Joey. Joey, without a Phillips, a Bruce, a Mesoraco, somebody that’s capable of doing some pretty extreme damage, I think he’s an easier guy to pitch around if you don’t have someone like Geno behind him. I really don’t want Geno to go out there and try to do anything different. His approach has been good. He’s really staying on pitches in the strike zone. He’s back to swinging it well again, so I don’t want to see him try to force the power. He’s done a pretty nice job of doing things in the two-hole getting to his power without really much effort.”
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Bruce was placed on paternity leave …. RHP Layne Somsen called up from Triple-A Louisville.
Pre-game, I wrote about Joey Votto’s career-long hitless streak and season-long struggles to this point.
Read about it here: http://atmlb.com/1SeHJuQ
What I couldn’t get into the story was the answer to my question of manager Bryan Price about whether Votto could use a day off to reset himself. It didn’t sound like one was imminent.
“I’ve talked to him and Jay [Bruce’s] wife is pregnant. He could be gone at any point in time. I’ve talked to Joey about it,” Price said Thursday. “He feels like he really wants to see the pitches and get the at-bats and if I feel like it’s going to benefit him to take a day off, then I would do that for sure and just take the initiative. Right now, he really likes playing and figuring things out, like any competitive guy would.”