The Reds can't catch a break lately.
Aside from losing the first two games of the weekend series to the Pirates, and subsequently fumbling the opportunity to host Tuesday's Wild Card game at Great American Ball Park, Brandon Phillips was forced to leave Saturday's game with an apparent injury to his left shin.
The play occurred during Phillips' at-bat in the bottom of the fifth inning when he fouled a pitch from Charlie Morton off his left leg. Phillips was noticeably shaken up on the play as he walked gingerly around the outside of the batter's box to try and shake the pain.
Phillips wound up staying in the game and delivering a single into right field before being lifted for a pinch runner. Cameras were able to zoom in on his injury and reveal a huge welt raised from his shin. Simply put, the initial outlook doesn't look too good for Phillips.
#Reds’ @DatDudeBP tells me X-rays on leg negative, but can’t walk on it right now. Says he will do everything possible to play Tuesday.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 28, 2013