Reds' Phillips 'concerned' after taking pitch off hand

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Brandon Phillips, the All-Star second baseman for the NL Central-leading Cincinnati Reds, left Wednesday’s game against the San Francisco Giants after he was hit on the hand by a pitch from Santiago Casilla.

The incident occurred in the fifth inning of what would become a wild 12-11 Cincinnati victory. While Phillips stayed in the game to run the bases, he left in the bottom of the inning.

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Phillips will have x-rays once the swelling goes down, and that Phillips told a reporter that he was concerned.

Losing Phillips would be a substantial blow to the Reds, who hold a 3 1/2-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals. Phillips is hitting .290 with 16 home runs, 50 RBIs, 89 runs, and 13 steals (though in 23 attempts).

If a brash guy like Phillips is concerned, that can’t be good, but the Reds should know more about the seriousness of the injury on Thursday.

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Video: Troy Tulowitzki plays along with a photographer who thought he was a pitcher

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Thursday marked photo day for the Blue Jays. There are always some oddities, usually when the players create fun for themselves. This time, the fun happened when a photographer mistook shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for a pitcher. Tulowitzki rolled with it and followed the photographer’s instructions to pose like a pitcher.

Hazel Mae has the hilarious video:

Hitters, of course, typically pose with a bat over their shoulder. Pitchers typically have their hand in their glove, sometimes leaning forward as if receiving the signs from their catcher.

Tulowitzki has exclusively played shortstop during his 12-year career in the majors, but perhaps one day he’ll step on the mound and be able to call himself a pitcher.