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Phillips (groin) was able to return to the lineup Monday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Following last year's collapse, Phillips has really dropped in ADP's so far. His current ADP in NFBC drafts is 260.99. No longer is he an automatic bet to hit 18 homers.

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Phillips sat out Sunday's spring training game with a groin injury.

Reds manager Bryan Price spoke more about a handful of regulars sitting out Sunday rather than Phillips' injury specifically. "It just doesn't make sense at this point in time to run them out there," Price said of the players.

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Phillips is 100 percent healthy according to his manager Bryan Price, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Phillips has been fairly snakebitten the last few years and his 33 years of age and position don't alleviate that concern. It's good his manager believes in his ability to stay on the field and deliver value, but he's still a draft risk. He has hit .263/.308/.386 with 26 home runs and seven stolen bases in the last two seasons, which is still pretty decent for a second baseman but nowhere near his old peak as a 20-20 guy.

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Phillips went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run, two RBI and two runs scored against the Brewers on Thursday.

Phillips took the leadoff spot in the order for Thursday's game due to Billy Hamilton's concussion and took advantage of the opportunity. He is now hitting .263/.304/.372 with three games left on the regular season slate, but will likely miss double digit home runs for the first time as a Reds player, needing two in the final three games to reach the mark.

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Phillips is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.

Manager Bryan Price is giving several of his regular starters the day off for the final game of their series against the Cubs. Jake Elmore will assume second base duties on Wednesday in place of Phillips.

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Phillips is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Orioles, C. Trent Rosecrans of Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

With the Reds wrapping up their three-game series with the Orioles on Thursday, manager Bryan Price will give several regulars a day out of the lineup. Phillips could probably use the time off, after going 0-for-15 over his past five starts.

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Phillips (thumb) was activated from the disabled list in order to start Monday in St. Louis, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Phillips will hit lower in the lineup than normal -- sixth -- but man his typical spot at second base. In eight at-bats between Low-A Dayton and Triple-A Louisville during his rehab assignment, he managed two hits, including a double, and no other counting stats.

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Phillips (thumb) will continue his rehab at Low-A Dayton on Sunday, after which he'll be re-examined by team doctors Monday.

Phillips was encouraged by his progress, as indicated by manager Bryan Price's comments. "He and I did a little back and forth this morning," Reds manager Bryan Price said before Phillips played his second game on Saturday. "He was really excited about how good he felt. I don't know if he expected to feel as good as he did. He had a lot of action defensively and three at-bats. He came out of it feeling pretty good." Pryce further cautioned that the team isn't making any firm plans until that re-examination Monday morning.

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Phillips went 0-for-2 with a walk in his first rehab game with Triple-A Louisville on Friday.

Phillips helped turn a pair of double plays but also made an error in the field. The biggest thing is that the thumb held up, and he could rejoin the Reds as soon as Monday so long as he avoids a setback over the remainder of the weekend. In 86 games this season, Phillips has hit .272/.308/.392 with seven homers and 40 RBI.

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Phillips (thumb) could be activated from the DL as soon as Monday, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Everything will hinge on how Phillips fares while on rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville this weekend, but he at least has a chance to return for Monday's series opener in St. Louis. Keep in mind Phillips is still just five weeks removed from surgery, so it may take him a while yet to regain full strength in the thumb.