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“DatDude” Brandon Phillips to Have Surgery, Expected to Miss Six Weeks

July 11th, 2014 at 4:02 PM
By Cody Dalga

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."

The news of Phillips' injury comes just days after Reds first baseman Joey Votto was placed on the disable list due to a quad injury that could sideline him for a considerable amount of time. 

"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."

While the Reds may have found a replacement for Votto in veteran catcher Brayan Pena, it is still unclear who will replace Phillips. Price mentioned that using a combination of both Ramon Santiago and Skip Schumaker is very possible, while a trade before the July 31st deadline hasn't been ruled out. 
"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.
 
While the lineup is still a mystery, one thing that is certain is that the looming All-Star break couldn't have come at a more opportune time for the Cincinnati Reds. 
Tags: Baseball, brandon phillips, Brayan Pena, Bryan Price, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, Joey Votto, MLB, Ramon Santiago, Skip Schumaker

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