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Phillips' hamstring almost fully healed

Phillips' hamstring almost fully healed

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Phillips' hamstring almost fully healed
PITTSBURGH -- Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips' left hamstring is almost completely healed.

"It's better," Phillips said. "I'm starting to feel my legs a little bit more. Normally I squat down in my batting stance, and I haven't had the opportunity to do that lately, so I've been struggling offensively, but I've been feeling good and hopefully I can start coming through for the team and put everything together. I'm glad that my leg is starting to improve, so fantasy people beware."

The hamstring limited Phillips a great deal in April.

"I couldn't run and couldn't steal bases or really hit like I wanted to," Phillips said. "I was cool at the beginning, and it was starting to feel better, but when I started sliding, that's when I aggravated it even more, but two days off with the rainout and the day off helped it a lot."

Reds manager Dusty Baker cooled any speculation that once Phillips is 100 percent, he will be placed back in the leadoff spot in the batting order.

"We've got to find a cleanup hitter that's better than him right now," Baker explained. "We probably won't for a while, we're trying to muster as much offense as we can and do what we can with the personnel that we have."

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