Phillips back in lineup after precautionary exit

Phillips back in lineup after precautionary exit

ST. LOUIS -- One day after he was pulled from Sunday's game at Pittsburgh with some mild tightness in his groin, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was back starting Monday vs. the Cardinals.

Phillips exited in the fifth inning of a 4-3 Reds win Sunday as a precaution. Two innings earlier, he had slipped on loose dirt while rounding second base.

"I feel all right," Phillips said Monday. "If I feel it again taking ground balls or something, I'd probably say something about it. I think it was the wet conditions yesterday. They wanted to be safe with the postseason coming up."

In Monday's 4-2 loss, Phillips slipped again, in the third, and was again removed for precautionary reasons in the eighth.

"I felt like I could play the whole game," he said after Monday's loss. "It's just something I felt at the time. There's something about that turn going to the left. I'm OK. It's something I feel every once in a while. I told everybody I'm good and they have nothing to worry about. I will be ready to perform."