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Brandon Phillips Cleared to Swing Bat, Cincinnati Reds Think He’s Ahead of Schedule

August 9th, 2014 at 7:06 PM
By Cody Dalga

Cncinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips met with his surgeon on Thursday and received good news and he was cleared to begin swinging a bat.  

Phillips has been unable to play for the Reds since July 11 after tearing a tendon in his left thumb. Being able to swing the bat is the last step for Phillips before he is able to take the field. He took to popular social media outlets Twitter and Instagram to inform his followers of his clearance. The attached photo is a collage of four photos of Phillips taking swings off of a batting tee. 

"He's swinging in the cage off a tee, so it's baby steps," Reds trainer Paul Lessard said. "But it's good baby steps."

While his swing may be a bit rusty, Phillips has already been fielding ground balls with a flat glove. Lessard is attempting to get Phillips into an actual glove with a bit of protection. 

"We're working on some devices to keep the thumb stiff," Lessard said. "He's such a freewheeling guy. I don't want him hesitant in the field."

After the initial injury, the Reds projected Phillips' original rehab at six weeks. Manager Bryan Price says that the three-time All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner is ahead of schedule. 
On the year, Phillips has played in 86 games batting .272 with seven home runs. The Reds are currently 59-57 and sit five games behind NL Central leader Milwaukee Brewers and three game behind both the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants for the second wildcard position in the National League. 


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