Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips suffered a finger injury and left Monday’s game against the New York Mets after being hit by a Noah Syndergaard pitch. It’s unclear when he will return to the field.

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Phillips Out vs. Mets

Tuesday, April 26

C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Phillips will not play against the Mets on Tuesday.

Reds Lose Phillips’ Experience in Lineup

Phillips is no longer the offensive force of his prime years, when he emerged as one of baseball’s most dangerous middle infielders due to his combination of power and speed. That said, he’s still a reliable producer for the Reds after vetoing two trades during the offseason in order to stay with the club.

Injuries have become more of a problem over the past couple of seasons. He missed more than a month during the 2014 campaign due to a torn thumb ligament and has dealt with various minor ailments since that point, including sitting out some games earlier this season while dealing with a stomach virus.

If he’s forced to miss more time, Ivan DeJesus Jr. is an experienced option capable of handling the spot on a short-term basis. The versatile Jordan Pacheco could also draw an occasional start at second in the meantime.

Although Phillips’ overall play has dropped off a bit in recent years, losing him would still represent a setback for the Cincinnati offense.


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