Update (8:56 PM EST): X-rays taken on Phillips’ left ring finger were negative, per MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon.
Facing Noah Syndergaard is bad enough. Facing him after fouling a ball off one’s foot is worse. Brandon Phillips had an even worse time in the fourth inning of Monday’s game against the Mets at Citi Field.
Phillips fouled two pitches off of his foot, putting him in some considerable pain, which one could see on the broadcast. Then he was hit on the hand with a 98 MPH Syndergaard fastball. Phillips wound up on his hands and knees in pain. It was no surprise when Phillips exited the game.
Ivan De Jesus, Jr. pinch-ran for Phillips at first base. He advanced to second base on a wild pitch, but was stranded as Syndergaard struck out Adam Duvall and Scott Schebler to end the inning. De Jesus stayed in the game at second base.
We’ll update you when more information is known about Phillips’ injury.