CINCINNATI -- On the night he was signed to a six-year, $72.5 million contract extension, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was not in the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Cardinals.
According to manager Dusty Baker, it might be a few more days before Phillips returns from a sore left hamstring.
"I'm realistically thinking at least four days," Baker said. "He may not like it, but I've got a pretty good idea about injuries and playing hurt, what you should do and what you could do. This isn't a time for heroes. If it was August or September, it might be a different story."
Phillips' hamstring cramped up as he scored from first base during the fifth inning of Monday's 7-1 loss to the Cardinals.
"I'm good. I feel like I'm getting better," Phillips said. "I don't know what the freak happened, but I'm not hurting like that. I ran on the treadmill today and felt good. I haven't been drinking water. I think that's what it is."
Willie Harris made his first start of the season at second base and was the leadoff hitter in place of Phillips.
"His mind says he can play. His body says 'no,'" Baker said of Phillips. "That's the attitude you want but we have to think about the long run and big picture."