X-rays taken on Phillips' hand were negative, and he is listed as day-to-day.
Ross adding dimensions: Catcher David Ross, who leads all Major League catchers in caught-stealing percentage (48 percent, 15-of-29), has also began to find success with his bat.Entering Sunday, Ross had connected for three home runs in the series' first two games. He drove in four of the Reds' eight runs on Saturday night.
Ross' hot bat against Texas ended what had been a dismal stretch at the plate. Before Saturday's contest, he had two hits in his previous 25 at-bats."He's been swinging the bat better," Narron said. "The other night [on Wednesday against the Angels], I don't think he got a hit, but he hit the ball hard three times." Even if Ross has found some spark at the plate as of late, his biggest contribution to the team remains his defensive play. His work at backstop has been so strong, in fact, that Narron suspects it will not be long before more teams and fans start to notice. "I don't know if Ross has the reputation that Pudge Rodriguez has, but if he continues to do what he's doing [throwing out would-be stealers], it will definitely change the way people approach us." Griffey gets another trophy: In ceremonies before the Reds-Rangers game on Sunday, Ken Griffey Jr. was honored as Pepsi's Major League Baseball Clutch Player of the Month for May. Griffey led Cincinnati with 10 home runs last month, second in the National League. He also batted .306, with 22 RBIs and 16 runs scored. Up next: The Reds head for the West Coast to begin a three-game series against the Oakland A's before heading to Seattle and Philadelphia. The trip will be the fourth of Cincinnati's six road trips of at least 10 days this season. On Monday, right-hander Kyle Lohse (3-8, 4.30 ERA) will face off against right-hander Joe Blanton (6-4, 3.62 ERA). First pitch is slated for 10:05 p.m. ET.
Patrick Allegri is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.