"We've got some guys that should have definitely been considered," said Reds manager Jerry Narron. "It hurts Brandon and David that they weren't on the Opening Day ballot."
Phillips' and Ross' statistics suggest Narron is right. But Phillips didn't mind, and he told reporters he was "just happy for a second chance to play baseball" after being acquired from Cleveland in Spring Training.
Meanwhile, Arroyo stopped all activities in the clubhouse when he did a national interview. Teammates gathered around a clubhouse television to watch.
"It's an honor just to be there," said Arroyo, the first Reds All-Star starting pitcher since John Smiley in 1995. "I don't care about the performance in the game. It's an honor to wear that uniform and be able to step on the field and go through all the stuff and see some old [Boston] teammates on the other side."
Arroyo was showered with cheers by fans at the Reds dugout in Miller Park. Fans chanted "All-Star, All-Star" to Arroyo before he took batting practice.
Arroyo simply smiled, waved, grabbed his red bat and went to work.
He's No. 2: Adam Dunn hit second Monday for the eighth time this season.
"I just like the idea of him getting on base, hopefully it gets him another at-bat in the game," Narron said.
Asked if Dunn would see better pitches in front of Ken Griffey Jr., Narron gave another reason.
"I don't think it's because he's in the No. 2 spot," Narron said. "It's definitely won us one game and it might win us another.
Regular leadoff hitter Ryan Freel was given the day off, with shortstop Felipe Lopez taking over in the leadoff spot.
Encarnacion update: Edwin Encarnacion, on the disabled list with an injured left ankle, hit a single and scored twice for Triple-A Louisville on Sunday.
"He had a good game last night," Narron said.
Narron added that there is a chance Encarnacion would be back later in the Reds' road trip, possibly while the team is in Atlanta.
The day after: A day after being ejected for the third time this season, this time for arguing with first-base umpire Chris Guccione, Narron didn't dwell on the incident.
"The play before I think he got right," Narron said. "[Dunn] was safe."
Minor matters: Louisville defeated Richmond, 3-1. William Bergolla was a home run shy of the cycle and the first-place Bats won their seventh straight. ... Double-A Chattanooga defeated Jacksonville, 4-0. Homer Bailey struck out nine in five innings and moved to 3-0 in Double-A. His ERA remains 0.00. ... Class A Dayton came from behind to defeat Cedar Rapids, 4-3. Bobby Mosby went 1-for-2 with a home run and two walks.
Hot and cold: Entering Monday's game, Felipe Lopez had a five-game hitting streak. ... Dunn had hit safely in five of the last seven games. ... Jason LaRue was five for his last 47 at the plate.
On deck: The Reds continue their series against the Brewers at Miller Park. Right-hander Bronson Arroyo will go against Brewers left-hander Doug Davis. First pitch is set for 2:05 p.m. ET.