Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips left Tuesday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies in the third inning after suffering a strained groin.    

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Phillips Leaves vs. Phillies

Tuesday, June 9

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer noted Phillips’ injury happened when he slid into third base after a Todd Frazier lineout in the first inning. He initially stayed in the game but exited in the third inning, finishing 0-for-1 with a flyout and a walk.

Skip Schumaker replaced Phillips, moving over to left field. Ivan De Jesus took over at second in the field.

Phillips, 33, is hitting .308/.349/.385 with three home runs and 25 RBI this season. He’s added eight stolen bases and is on pace for his best all-around campaign since 2012. His re-emergence has unfortunately not helped Cincinnati in the standings, as the Reds sit 12 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for first place in the NL Central.

De Jesus will likely receive a majority of the playing time at second if the injury forces Phillips to miss any extended time. The Reds host the Phillies at 12:35 p.m. ET on Wednesday, so it’s likely we’ll get a status update sooner rather than later. They then head out on the road for a six-game trip.


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