CHICAGO -- Brandon Phillips was back in the starting lineup Saturday and hitting third after being removed in the third inning of Friday's game due to back spasms. The move was mostly precautionary, and Reds manager Bryan Price doesn't expect Phillips' lower left back to flare up again.
"As far as I know, he didn't have any lower back issues until he took that swing off [Jeff] Samardzija yesterday, so my feeling is that once he gets past that, he won't have to do anything to maintain it," Price said. "He is already strong, I don't think he will have to do any maintenance."
Outfielder Ryan Ludwick, meanwhile, is out at least a couple of days with a bruised left big toe sustained in Friday's game. He hit a foul ball off his foot in his first at-bat, but singled and played the rest of the game. Ludwick's X-rays came back negative.
"Yeah, we'll see," Price said. "I know he woke up and it was pretty sore today. As long as you have [athletic trainer Paul] Lessard, you never know if there's going to be that miracle cure with Paul and his staff. It's bruised. ... It's certainly more painful than that, but it's right now, as far as we know, a bruise, contusion."
Joe Popely is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.