Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips suffered a sprained right ankle Saturday when he collided with outfielder Drew Stubbs while trying to make a difficult running catch in shallow center field.
Phillips laid on the Wrigley Field grass for about a minute before climbing to his feet with the help of a trainer. He stayed in the game for a few more plays, but the Reds eventually decided to pull him. Miguel Cairo slid over to second base and Todd Frazier entered the contest to handle the hot corner.
Phillips told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer after Saturday’s game that he intends to play in Sunday’s series finale against the Cubs, but the Reds are likely to play it safe with their All-Star infielder by giving him a day of rest.
Phillips, 30, is batting .287/.333/.419 with 10 homers and 62 RBI through 108 games this season.
Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman might be headed to the disabled list soon, manager John Gibbons told reporters following Friday’s rain-shortened loss to the Yankees. The righty lasted just four innings on the mound before calling it a night, and gave up five runs, six hits and two walks in a performance that Gibbons claimed was at least partially affected by recurring blister issues on his right middle finger. Now, it looks like he might be removed from the rotation for some much-needed rest and rehabilitation; if so, it’ll be his second such stint this year.
Stroman, 27, has struggled to return the kind of winning record and sub-4.00 ERA that characterized his previous seasons with the club, mostly due to the combined seven weeks he missed with blisters on his throwing hand and chronic fatigue in his right shoulder. In a recent start against the Rays, things got even more gruesome when his blister appeared to start bleeding in the middle of his outing and MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm notes that the wound has constantly interfered with the right-hander’s pitch selection and delivery. When healthy, Stroman has managed a 4-8 record through 18 starts in 2018 with a career-worst 5.27 ERA, 3.2 BB/9 and 6.8 SO/9 in 100 2/3 innings. This will be the first year since 2015 in which he has not logged at least 200 innings in a single season.
While Stroman may not need an extended stay on the DL before he returns to the mound, it’s not clear what kind of timetable the Blue Jays expect for his recovery. He’s been the second-most valuable starter (behind the now-traded J.A. Happ) in a rotation that currently ranks 17th in the majors with a combined 4.90 ERA and 6.8 fWAR.