Brandon Phillips RUMORS & NEWS

  • Reds manager admits Brandon Phillips came back from surgery too soon

    Hardball Talk "It’s common for people to play up the positive, tough-guy aspects of athletes playing through injuries and/or returning sooner than expected, but whenever that goes poorly–and it does, constantly–that’s often just brushed under the rug. In related news, Reds manager Bryan Price admitted..." September 04

  • Brandon Phillips to begin rehab stint; Homer Bailey headed to DL "The Reds have some injury news on this fine Thursday evening, both of the good and bad variety. On the good side, second baseman Brandon Phillips is going to begin his Triple-A rehab stint Friday, the Louisville Bats (Reds' Triple-A affiliate) announced. Phillips has been sidelined since July..." August 14

  • Brandon Phillips to start rehab assignment on Friday

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips could begin a minor-league rehab stint as soon as this Friday, Reds manager Bryan Price said before Wednesday's game with the Red Sox. Price said Phillips could be back with the big league team as soon as the series in St. Louis next Monday through..." August 13

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    JIM BOWDEN @JimBowdenESPNxm

    #Reds GM Walt Jocketty just told us that both Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips are approximately 5 weeks away…ouch Sirius 209 XM 89

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Reds’ Phillips out a while. Ligament issue, possible tear, in left thumb. #Nationals’ Harper missed 57 games with torn ligament.

  • Brandon Phillips injury update: Reds 2B out six weeks with thumb injury

    Sporting News "The Reds have made a push to get back into the National League playoff race, going 24-13 since the start of June to pull within a couple games of the Central-leading Brewers. That streak of good play has survived a big slump from Jay Bruce and an injury to Joey Votto. Now, the challenge is to..." July 10

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    Mark Sheldon @m_sheldon

    Bruised right heel for Phillips. #reds

  • Phillips isn't talking, but has plenty to say "Eight years ago, when he was competing for a utility job with the Indians, Brandon Phillips cut off all conversation with reporters, myself included. He went "media mute," as one colleague put it, because, from what I gather, he felt misunderstood, and the truth is he didn't have much good to say..." March 06

  • Yankees rejects trade offer from Reds, asking for Gardner in exchange "The Reds and Yankees have held trade talks regarding All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips, confirmed via an industry source on Wednesday night. Jon Heyman of first reported that New York declined a trade offer for Phillips in exchange for outfielder and potential..." December 12

  • Replacing Cano at second now the Yankees’ biggest worry

    New York Post "The Yankees know what they lost when Robinson Cano took the Mariners’ $240 million and bolted The Bronx for Seattle. Cano is a premier hitter who plays Gold Glove defense at second base and has a left-handed swing made for Yankee Stadium’s right-field porch. Now, as Yankees general manager..." December 09

  • Jocketty: Yankees leaked Phillips trade rumor as tactic to retain Cano "Reds All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips was rumored to be on the trading block through much of the early offseason. One of those rumors connected Phillips with the Yankees -- likely as a Plan B to possibly losing Robinson Cano to free agency. Well, at Redsfest Saturday, general manager..." December 07

  • On 'second' thought, Reds unlikely to trade Phillips

    Fox Sports "For much of the offseason, many in baseball expected the Cincinnati Reds to trade second baseman Brandon Phillips. A deal, however, appears increasingly unlikely, according to major league sources. The Reds discussed Phillips with the New York Yankees earlier in the offseason, and later..." December 04

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    JIM BOWDEN @JimBowdenESPNxm

    Reds did not invite Brandon Phillips to Redsfest and sources continue to insist that he will traded between now and the end of the WTR Mtgs

  • Yankees inquire about Brandon Phillips; price said to be very steep "The Yankees, looking to set themselves up in case star second baseman Robinson Cano signs elsewhere, have checked in with the Reds regarding Brandon Phillips and also asked about free agent second baseman Omar Infante. Phillips is said to be available in the right trade, but word is, the..." November 06

  • Potential trade fits for Brandon Phillips "Over the weekend we learned the Reds will shop second baseman Brandon Phillips this offseason with every intention of trading him. Apparently CEO Bob Castellini is not happy with the "slap in the face" comments Phillips made about his contract over the summer. Can't say I blame him. At age 32..." October 22

  • The Braves would have interest in Brandon Phillips if the Reds take Dan Uggla back

    Hardball Talk "We heard yesterday that the Reds could look to trade second baseman Brandon Phillips this offseason. And it sounds like we can count the Braves among the teams who could be in the mix to acquire him though there is a catch involved. We’re talking about a hypothetical scenario here so there’s..." October 19

  • Reds seem interested in trading Phillips

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Reds’ interest in Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero – even though Walt Jocketty says they’re unlikely to sign Guerrero – is the strongest indication that the club will try to trade Brandon Phillips. Guerrero projects as a second baseman. He reportedly agreed to a seven-year $32 million..." October 18

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    John Fay @johnfayman

    Baker said Phillips will start. "he wasn't limping. he was pimping yesterday. not literally." #reds

  • Reds stand by their man Phillips

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Brandon Phillips’ latest media firestorm – he’s good for about one a year – drove home one point: The Reds may have some flaws, but team unity is not one of them. Phillips tends to say things that his teammates would never say or even think. The remark about the St. Louis Cardinals being..." July 22

  • Reds Brandon Phillips: $72.5M contract a 'slap in the face'

    USA Today "Brandon Phillips defended his comments from the August issue of Cincinnati Magazine that said he felt his six-year, $72.5 million contract with the Cincinnati Reds was a "slap in the face" and that he'd been lied to by general manager Walt Jocketty and owner Bob Castellini. "I have nothing to..." July 20

  • Brandon Phillips away from Reds on ‘private personal matter’

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Reds put out this press release on Tuesday afternoon: Brandon Phillips is away from the team on a private personal matter.’s transactions page has him listed “on the paternity list.” MLB has had a paternity list since 2011, allowing players to 1-3 days to be away from the team..." June 25

  • Phillips, Bailey star in Reds' 6-2 win

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The so-called “Friendly Confines” of Wrigley Field continued to be a friend indeed for the Reds, as Cincinnati won its 10th straight game at the home of the Cubs, beating Chicago 6-2 in front of 28,052 on Monday night. Although the team didn’t arrive at their Chicago hotel until sometime around..." June 11

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    ctrent @ctrent

    Both Dusty and Phillips say @DatDudeBP should be in the lineup Friday vs. the Cardinals

  • Brandon Phillips thought forearm was broken

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Brandon Phillips expected the worse when Tony Watson’s pitch made contact with his left forearm in the eighth inning. “He got me good,” Phillips said. “When he hit me, I thought it was broke for sure. It just make one of those sounds. I still can’t really close my fist all the way. The first..." June 02

  • Phillips’ last day in camp for a while

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Today is Brandon Phillips’ last day in camp for a while. He leaves to join Team USA for the World Baseball Classic tomorrow. “I haven’t thought about it,” he said. “It’s a little bit different. At least it’s for a good cause.” Phillips has been playing more than usual in the early spring..." March 02

  • Brandon Phillips says he's OK after leaving game in Pittsburgh

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Brandon Phillips told second base umpire Ed Hickox that someone could get hurt rounding second after the Pittsburgh grounds crew dumped some quick dry compound to the shortstop side of the base to soak up the rainwater. "It was smooth everywhere else," Phillips said. "They just piled it up..." October 01

  • Brandon Phillips says he's OK after leaving game

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Brandon Phillips told second base umpire Ed Hickox that someone could get hurt rounding second after the Pittsburgh grounds crew dumped some quick dry compound to the shortstop side of the base to soak up the rainwater. "It was smooth everywhere else," Phillips said. "They just piled it up..." October 01

  • Phillips says he's OK after leaving game

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Brandon Phillips told second base umpire Ed Hickox that someone could get hurt rounding second after the Pittsburgh grounds crew dumped some quick dry compound to the shortstop side of the base to soak up the rainwater. "It was smooth everywhere else," Phillips said. "They just piled it up..." September 30

  • Brandon Phillips accuses unnamed Pirates player of racist comments "On Monday night, the Pirates and Reds played 14 taut innings. Not only was it a back-and-forth affair for much of the night, but there was also controversy during and after the game. It seemingly began in the eighth inning, when Reds second baseman and firebrand Brandon Phillips was plunked by..." September 11

  • Brandon Phillips returns from injury

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Reds moved a step closer to being healthy when second baseman Brandon Phillips returned to the starting lineup Monday after missing five games with a strained left calf. Phillips was in the lineup Saturday but was scratched late after general manager Walt Jocketty met with the..." August 07

  • Brandon Phillips: I'm going to be out for a while

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Reds manager Dusty Baker said last night he expects second baseman Brandon Phillips (mild left calf strain) to miss a few games, after Phillips left the game early during Tuesday's 7-6 victory over the San Diego Padres. However, Phillips told reporters late Tuesday the injury could be worse..." August 01

  • Brandon Phillips slowed only by calf cramp

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Brandon Phillips left Sunday's 7-2 win in Denver in the fifth inning with a cramp in his left calf. "I felt it (Saturday)," he said. "I came back. There's a knot in there. But I'm all right." Phillips, in fact, thinks he'll be able to play Monday night in the opening game of the four-game..." July 30

  • Brandon Phillips' gold glove is subject of lawsuit

    Cincinnati Enquirer "On Friday, Rawlings filed suit against rival manufacturer Wilson in Federal Court, over the glove Wilson supplied to Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, according to Phillips' glove "includes metallic gold-colored webbing, stitching and lettering," violating Rawlings' Gold..." July 10

  • Johnny Cueto, Brandon Phillips snubs anger Reds

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Who did not make the All-Star Team for the Reds overshadowed who made it. Joey Votto was voted in by the fans. Aroldis Chapman was voted in by the players. And Jay Bruce made it on the coaches' selection. Brandon Phillips and Johnny Cueto did not make it. Reds manager Dusty Baker directly..." July 02

  • Joey Votto, Aroldis Chapman, Jay Bruce named All-Stars

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Reds placed three players on the All-Star Team: Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Aroldis Chapman through the player and fan votes. Brandon Phillips and Johnny Cueto did not get in via the vote. More players will be named by manager Tony La Russa. Votto was voted in by the fans. He will start..." July 02

  • Brandon Phillips returns to Reds' lineup

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Brandon Phillips was back in the lineup Friday night after missing Thursday's game because of the aftereffects of a collision in Wednesday's game. Phillips was given the SCAT2 test again Friday. He showed improvement from Thursday. "We gave him the concussion test," Reds manager Dusty Baker..." June 30

  • Reds playing it safe with Phillips

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Brandon Phillips gave it his best shot. But he was scratched from the lineup about a half hour before Thursday's game. Phillips took a knee to the head from Aramis Ramirez in the third inning of Wednesday's 8-4 loss to Milwaukee on a caught-stealing play. He stayed in the game until the fifth..." June 29

  • Phillips takes forearm to face, exits as precaution "Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips left Wednesday's game against the Brewers for precautionary reasons after being hit in the head by Aramis Ramirez's left forearm as he attempted to steal second base in the third inning. Phillips recorded the out and lasted two more innings before being..." June 27

  • Phillips appeal denied

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Brandon Phillips lost his appeal to Major League Baseball today regarding a scoring decision from Monday. MLB upheld the ruling of an RBI double/error on left fielder. Phillips, who scored on the play, appealed for an inside-the-park homer at the urging of Reds teammates and some other club..." June 21

  • Phillips in lineup, despite hamstring

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Brandon Phillips is in the starting lineup again today. He's obviously still dealing with his strained left hamstring. Phillips said the hamstring is better, but he's far from 100 percent. There's concern that he may re-injured it, but the Reds are in tough spot. "There's always concern,"..." April 19

  • Phillips' presence critical as Reds face Cardinals

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Shortly after the Reds wrapped up their series with the Washington Nationals, Brandon Phillips stood in a clubhouse hallway – huge ice pack on his left hamstring – and contemplated what to do with his day off in St. Louis. "Wherever I go, they're going to boo me," he said. "They booed me in the..." April 17

  • Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips did not re-injure himself

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Brandon Phillips was back Sunday in the lineup after missing five starts with a strained left hamstring. Phillips sent a bit of alarm through Redsland by pulling up on a double in the ninth inning. He was replaced by pinch-runner Wilson Valdez. Phillips did not re-injure himself. "I..." April 16

  • One more day off for Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Brandon Phillips wanted to be in the lineup Saturday. "I thought I'd be playing," he said. "I woke up with a smile on my face." Reds manager Dusty Baker, however, decided to give Phillips another day. "He knows what's best," Phillips said. "It's what's best for me." Phillips has missed..." April 15

  • Phillips: I cried about this … Best day of my life

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Brandon Phillips was aching to stay in Cincinnati, and now he will. The Reds second baseman agreed Tuesday to a contract extension that totals six years and $72.5 million, through the 2017 season. The two-time All-Star said he has grown to love Cincinnati since he arrived via trade from..." April 11

  • Big Man puts money where heart is

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Big Man has put his money where his heart is. Bob Castellini believes Cincinnati can be a pocket-sized St. Louis, with consistently good baseball being rewarded with consistently good crowds. Whether that's true or not is anybody's guess. We're about to find out. With the second..." April 11

  • Reds, Phillips come to terms on six-year deal "First Joey Votto got his long-term contract, and now it is appears at last to be Brandon Phillips' turn to get his. According to MLB Network Radio's Jim Bowden, the Reds and Phillips agreed Tuesday to terms on a six-year, $72.5 million contract. The club has not confirmed the report...." April 10

  • Phillips reacts to Reds milestone

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Reporters gathered around Brandon Phillips Monday. Marty Brennaman walked by and casually asked: "You sign a new contract yet? I thought that's what this was about." Brennaman, of course, knew better. Phillips laughed at the gag. What Phillips was talking about was his 1,000th hit as a Red...." April 10

  • Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips notches career hit No. 1,000

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Brandon Phillips had no idea he was on the verge of a career milestone, but he said he was honored to achieve it before a Reds home crowd. Second baseman Phillips on Sunday recorded his 1,000th hit as a Red and 1,089th overall. Phillips' first 89 career hits came with Cleveland, and he joined..." April 09

  • Phillips: Eyes on the prize

    Cincinnati Enquirer "If this is to be Brandon Phillips' last year as a Red, he wants to go out as a winner. "A lot of good players out there have something I don't have," he said. "That's a championship. That's what I want." Phillips, of course, is going into the final year of his contract. The sides have talked..." March 27

  • No contract answers yet for Cincinnati Reds, Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips

    Cincinnati Enquirer "I wish I had thought of it on Ash Wednesday. But it came to me a week late. Some well-meaning Twitter follower asked if I thought the Reds would get a deal done with Brandon Phillips. My reply: I gave up answering contract questions for Lent. Actually, that's like me giving up "Keeping Up..." March 03