After dropping both games of a double header against the Colorado Rockies which saw the Cincinnati Reds lose leads in both games and give up 20 runs combined, the organization and its fans got a little good news on Monday when it was revealed that the team activated Brandon Phillips and he would return to the lineup prior to tonight's game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Phillips has missed significant time after injuring a tendon in his glove hand which required surgery. He was placed on the disabled list on the 11th of July after trying to make a diving play to his left in which his glove got caught up underneath him.
He was able to attempt to get his rhythm back playing in three minor league games; two with Triple-A Louisville and one with Class-A Dayton. In those two games with the Bats, Phillips was hitless in five official at-bats and also walked once. He collected two hits in three at-bats with the Dragons and was also hit by a pitch.
With the addition of Phillips as well as Logan Ondrusek, who was also activated from the DL, starting pitcher Dylan Axelrod and catcher Tucker Barnhart as well as Curtis Partch were optioned down to Triple-A Louisville.
On the season, Phillips is hitting .272 with seven home runs and 40 RBI in 86 total games. The three-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove Award winner will try and help Cincinnati, who is currently is 61-63 and sits in fourth place in the NL Central, try and gain some ground against St. Louis as they begin a three game series Monday.
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