Phillips gets two days off to rest hamstring

Phillips gets two days off to rest hamstring

CHICAGO -- Brandon Phillips isn't experiencing any additional pain in his left hamstring after playing Saturday, but manager Dusty Baker still opted to sit his second baseman for Sunday's series finale against the Cubs.

Coupled with the team's off-day Monday, Baker is hoping that it will give Phillips two solid days of rest and treatment before returning to the lineup Tuesday in Cincinnati against the Giants.

Baker reiterated Sunday that his original plan was to start Phillips on Friday and Saturday and then sit him in the series finale for the two-day break he'll now get. Instead, Friday's chilly weather -- 37-degree windchill at first pitch -- forced Baker to sit Phillips in two of the three games at Wrigley Field.

Phillips started Saturday and went 1-for-4, driving in the Reds' only run with an RBI single in the first inning of a 6-1 loss. In the fourth, Phillips slid into second base on a force out and eventually came out in the middle of the seventh inning with Cincinnati trailing, 5-1.

Baker said he simply decided Phillips needed to take the rest of the day off.

"Yesterday, I thought he was swinging a little too hard and I saw him wince a couple times swinging," Baker said. "He's OK, but we've got to get this thing out of there. This weather isn't helping."