The Reds received good news on Thursday that a second set of X-rays taken on Brandon Phillips' bruised right hand were negative. The Reds' second baseman is available to play this weekend if the swelling reduces. Phillips was hit on the back of his hand by a 95-mph fastball from Giants reliever Santiago Casilla in the top of the fifth inning of Wednesday's 12-11 victory. Initial X-rays were negative, but swelling also made it tougher for them to be conclusive.
A key component for the Reds in their stretch run -- both offensively and defensively -- Phillips is batting .290 with 16 home runs and 50 RBIs this season. He is currently the club's leadoff hitter. Outfielder Laynce Nix, who has been bothered by a sprained left ankle, will not go on the disabled list and is listed as day-to-day. Nix, who was injured on Monday, was unable to run out a groundball hit as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday. Also, the Reds announced that pitcher Micah Owings cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Louisville. Owings was designated for assignment on Aug. 16 and the club found limited interest for the right-hander on the trade market. Owings began the season with the Reds and went 3-2 with 5.40 ERA in 22 relief appearances before he was optioned to Louisville on July 21.