Phillips not likely to return until weekend

Phillips not likely to return until weekend

WASHINGTON -- Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips remained unavailable for the third straight game on Thursday because of a sore left hamstring.

Phillips has not played since he left Monday's game against the Cardinals with a hamstring cramp.

"I was tempted yesterday, but couldn't do it," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Two outs, bases loaded [in the fifth inning], and that would have been the time to use him. At that time, the risk wasn't worth the game, if there is one."

Cold temperatures in Washington also made Baker hesitant to use Phillips. Washington was expecting temps in the upper 50s to 60 for the first two days of the series. According to, temperatures should rise into the mid-70s and low 80s for a few days, starting on Saturday.

"He'll come in probably lobbying, probably smiling," Baker said. "I'm guessing maybe Saturday or Sunday, maybe. It's supposed to warm up those two days."