Thursday, July 10, 2014

Brandon Phillips expected to miss six weeks after thumb surgery

Despite Thursday's extra innings loss, the Reds still managed to take four out of five against the depleted Cubs this week. But it didn't come without a price.

Brandon Phillips left Wednesday's game early when he dove for a ball and got his glove caught underneath him. Initial reports suggested Phillips had simply sustained a sprained thumb. However, according to source used by the Cincinnati Enquirer, an MRI showed that Phillips had sustained torn ligaments in his left thumb and is scheduled to have surgery Friday.

The Gold Glove second basemen is expected to miss six weeks due to the injury.

The Reds also received a scare on Thursday when Homer Bailey was forced to leave his start in the sixth inning after getting his cleat stuck on the mound. A report from the team states that Bailey was experiencing pain in the patella tendon of his right knee. The good news is Bailey is expected to make his next scheduled start. But that won't come for over a week thanks to the All-Star Break.

The injuries to Phillips and Bailey come in addition to Joey Votto being placed on the disabled list on Monday due to an ailing left knee. It goes without saying, but the Reds have had an alarming amount of injuries in 2014, as has been the trend around baseball as a whole. When Phillips hits the DL, the 32-year-old will become the 13th different Reds player to spend time there this season.

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