Brandon Phillips diagnosed with turf toe

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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.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.