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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.
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Phillips (thumb) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Friday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
It was first feared that Phillips would miss 8-to-12 weeks after tearing a ligament in his thumb July 9, but it's now looking like he may even beat the revised six-week timetable. Phillips took batting practice on the field prior to Tuesday's game and is slated to join the team's top minor league affiliate in Louisville. A return early-to-mid next week is at least within the realm of possibility.
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Phillips (thumb) could being a rehab assignment Friday at either Triple-A Louisville or Low-A Dayton, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enqurer reports.
Phillips took part in batting practice with the Reds on Tuesday, making the second step towards a return to the field. He will likely require a rehab assignment before rejoining the squad.
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Reds manager Bryan Price said Tuesday that he's optimistic Phillips (thumb) will get into rehab games before the minor league seasons end, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Phillips just received clearance to take swings off a tee last Thursday but he took the next step Tuesday, advancing to on-field batting practice. Fielding is still the biggest concern for the Reds, as Phillips still is yet to field grounders with a normal glove, so a rehab assignment may not necessarily be imminent. That said, it does sound like Phillips will be able to return to game action before the end of the month.
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Phillips (thumb) has been cleared to swing a bat, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
The surgeon who repaired Phillips' torn thumb tendon examined the 33-year-old on Thursday and gave him clearance to resume swinging. Trainer Paul Lessard said Phillips took some swings off a tee later in the day, but stressed that his concern is more with Phillips in the field. The four-time Gold Glover remains limited to taking groundballs with a flat glove, but regardless, he appears on track to beat his six-week estimated recovery timetable.
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Phillips (thumb) has progressed from fielding grounders with a flat glove to using a standard glove that allows him to shut the glove.
Phillips' next step will be to hold a bat, which will be roughly in a week. "I couldn't give you even a proximity on when that's going to be," Price said on Wednesday. "But I don't think we're that far away. [Phillips] is going to see his hand doctor here maybe tomorrow, I believe, and I think that will probably go a long way to maybe setting a date or having a better idea on when he might start swinging the bat."
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Brandon Phillips (thumb) did some throwing on Monday.
"He was able to throw. Obviously, he was not able to catch the ball," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "And he's able to do some movement with his hand a lot more comfortably. It's still on schedule but still a ways away." Phillips is expected to be sidelined until late August following left thumb surgery.