CINCINNATI -- After he missed Sunday's game against the Royals, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was diagnosed with a mild strain of his right hamstring. Phillips, who spent Monday's off-day receiving treatment, was back in Tuesday's lineup vs. the Dodgers.
Reds manager Dusty Baker said Phillips didn't have to do any heavy lobbying to get back in the order. Phillips entered the night with a 15-game hitting streak while batting .463 (31-for-67) in that stretch.
"He came in with the trainer," Baker said. "A lot of it depends on what the trainer says. He says he was feeling a whole lot better. He was playing with this for a while. I told him to just play smart, that's all."