Brandon Phillips doesn’t get hit by a ton of pitches but when he does it usually counts. I just wrote an article about the uniqueness of Phillips attitude and included his speculation that he is the Cincinnati Reds targeted player when another team is throwing at someone. All that was fun and happy but the latest plunking of Phillips wasn’t funny at all. Everyone from Phillips to the Umpire and Dusty Baker thought his arm was surely broken from the sound it made.
Apparently the x-ray showed that his arm was not broken but it was hurt badly enough that Baker suggested the arm band was the only thing that saved it. As the Reds try to sweep the Pittsburgh Pirates, they will now have to do so without their superstar second baseman. He isn’t hurt badly enough at this point to go on the disabled list but he will miss a couple of games according to Baker.
Phillips is just glad his season isn’t over after the wildly thrown inside pitch struck him on the left forearm. Anything other than a broken arm right now is good news for him because he honestly thought he was done after the ball hit him. As it is he will have pain and bruising to deal with but hopefully will be back in the line-up in a couple of days to keep on his current pace of great hitting and good fielding for the Reds. The Reds should be thankful. No team wants to lose their MVP and Phillips is theirs.