Phillips pinch-hits Friday, could return Saturday

Phillips pinch-hits Friday, could return Saturday

WASHINGTON -- Out of the Reds' lineup since he suffered a left hamstring cramp vs. the Marlins on Monday, second baseman Brandon Phillips pinch-hit in the 13th inning of Friday's 2-1 loss to the Nationals, striking out swinging to end the frame.

Willie Harris started for Phillips at second base against the Nationals. Reds manager Dusty Baker held out the possibility that Phillips could start on Saturday.

"We'll see. He was better [Thursday] than he was," Baker said prior to the game. "I might have to bat him down in the order some, so he doesn't have to run as much until that leg gets back to 100 percent."

Phillips is normally the Reds' leadoff hitter.