Brandon Phillips out six weeks with torn thumb ligament

07/11/2014 01:30 AM

The Reds announced that second baseman Brandon Phillips will miss about six weeks after surgery for a torn thumb ligament. Phillips suffered the injury while trying to make a diving defensive play to field an Anthony Rizzo groundball.

It’s the four-time Gold Glove winner’s first spot on the disabled list since he broke a finger in 2008. Phillips has hit .272/.308/.392 with 19 doubles and seven home runs in 86 games this year. He’s played an average of 150 games per season since 2006 and has missed just five games this year.

“It is a big blow. Brandon is a big two-way player. He has hit in the middle of the order most of the year. Defensively, he has been spectacular. It is a blow, but we’ll weather it,” Reds manager Bryan Price said.

Kaci Kust

Kaci is a Production Specialist based out of the Northern Kentucky Spectrum News bureau. When she’s not working at the station she is covering high school sports, Bengals or EKU games for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. She played basketball for Hope College in Michigan where she earned a degree in journalism. She says if she wasn’t covering athletics for a living, she’d still be up early checking scores and stats. You can get the latest on the Bengals, EKU or high school sports in Northern Kentucky by following Kaci on Twitter @Kacikust.

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