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.
Brandon Phillips (@DatDudeBP) August 8, 2014
"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."
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