Phillips still trying to shake off recent slump

Phillips still trying to shake off recent slump

MILWAUKEE -- No matter what manager Dusty Baker has tried, the slump following Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has been tough to break.

Baker talked hitting philosophy with Phillips. He gave him a day off on Thursday. So far, no dice.

Since being drilled on his right hand by a pitch on Aug. 25 at San Francisco, Phillips came into Monday batting .132 (9-for-68). He had only three hits in his previous 37 at-bats. Is it the hand, or is it more than that?

"It started out with his hand and went into pitch selection," Baker said. "And then it went into hitting the ball hard and not getting to show for it. As long as he is hitting the ball hard and keeps hitting the ball hard -- you'd like him to mix in some walks somewhere. And that goes back to pitch selection sometimes."