Phillips may miss series with Rockies

Phillips may miss series with Rockies

PITTSBURGH -- As expected, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was out of the starting lineup on Sunday because of a left forearm contusion. Phillips was hit by a fastball from Pirates lefty Tony Watson in the eighth inning of Saturday's 2-0 win over Pittsburgh.

X-rays on Phillips' arm were negative, but he was wearing a wrap in the clubhouse on Sunday morning. Although available to pinch-run, according to manager Dusty Baker, he might miss the next series vs. the Rockies in Cincinnati.

"It's going to be, I anticipate, three or four days," Baker said.

Phillips has been pivotal for the Reds this season. He is batting .296 in 54 games with nine home runs, and his 45 RBIs were tied for the National League lead.

Baker was relieved that there were no broken bones.

"We feel very fortunate, even though it's frustrating, that we'll have Brandon back in a few days," Baker said. "It could have been really, really devastating. I was just thinking [about being] without Brandon defensively, and offensively -- and he's our cleanup hitter."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.