PITTSBURGH -- Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was lifted in the sixth inning Sunday during a 4-3 win over the Pirates. It was a precaution as Phillips felt tightness in his left groin while running the bases in the third inning.
"He really wanted to stay in," acting manager Chris Speier said. "After talking with the medical staff, we felt it best he get out. He'll be fine. I'm sure he'll be able to go tomorrow."
Phillips had hit a leadoff single in the third inning and slipped on the dirt while rounding second base on Wilson Valdez's single. It rained during much of the early innings -- play was delayed for four minutes with one out in the top of the first inning before the umpires decided to let the game continue -- and the grounds crew worked in the first inning to spread dry dirt on the basepaths.
"I was talking to the umpire while on the field, I said, 'You see how they put all of that dirt on the field by second base? Somebody is going to round second base and get hurt,'" Phillips said. "And it had to be me. It was awful around second base.
"I understand everything [Speier] was saying, but I told him I was cool to play. He wanted to be safe, especially since the conditions on the field were real bad."