It could be the worst possible news the Cincinnati Reds organization and fans have heard this season when it was confirmed that second baseman and four-time Rawlings Gold Glove award winner Brandon Phillips had torn a ligament in his hand, needed surgery and was expected to miss at least six weeks.
"It's a big blow," manager Bryan Price. "He's a great two-way player, and he's been really consistent for us offensively. He's sat in the middle of the order, mostly No. 3 and 4 most of the year. And he's been spectacular defensively. So definitely a blow, but we'll weather it."
"It's tough," Reds shortstop Zack Cozart said. "I knew he was hurt pretty bad, because when he makes a play like that, he wants to finish it, and he couldn't even turn over and throw the ball. I thought it was his shoulder at first, but it could be even worse. … It's tough. Me and Brandon, we play pretty well up the middle together, so it's going to be tough for our team."
"It's possible," Price said. "That'll be a conversation I'm sure we'll be talking about for some time now, and it's the month for considering what we can do to help our club.