The last thing that Cincinnati Reds fans wanted to see was another everyday starter go down with an injury. Unfortunately, that's exactly what they saw Wednesday evening against the Chicago Cubs when second baseman Brandon Phillips laid in shallow left field after making a diving play in the eighth inning.
The ball came off the bat of Anthony Rizzo and as Phillips dove to his right to make the play his glove appeared to get caught underneath of him. After he rolled to his back he attempted to make a throw to first which was considerably short. After the throw, the four-time gold glove award winner stayed on the ground for several minutes. He was looked at by trainers with teammates by his side.
Luckily, later in the game the team announced that Phillips' X-rays were negative and he was diagnosed with a sprained thumb. Ramon Santiago moved to second base and Todd Frazier came in at third base.
Phillips, 33, has played in at least 140 games each year for the past eight seasons and has found himself on the disabled list just once in his career which was in 2008 when he has surgery to repair a broken finger. He is batting .269 on the year with seven home runs and 39 runs batted in.
If Phillips misses any time, Ramon Santiago will most likely take his place at second base. The club is already dealing with the loss of Joey Votto putting Brayan Pena back at first base for the time being. Jay Bruce played first for the doubleheader on Tuesday and Ryan Ludwick offered his services at first as well.
Billy Hamilton also left Wednesday night's game with a sore hamstring but many believe the move was just for precaution.Tags: Baseball, brandon phillips, Brayan Pena, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Jay Bruce, Joey Votto, MLB, Ramon Santiago, Ryan Ludwick, todd frazier