Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was lifted from Tuesday’s game against the Braves in the bottom of the eighth inning and he is absent from Wednesday’s starting lineup. The injury? Turf toe.
MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon says the Reds’ medical staff is scrambling to find an orthotic insert that can be placed in Phillips’ left cleat and allow him to play through the pain. Cincinnati kicks off a four-game series at home against the Giants on Thursday night.
Kristopher Negron is filling in at second base in Wednesday night’s series finale against Atlanta.
Phillips, 33, is batting .311/.349/.345 with one homer and 15 RBI in 31 games this season.