Phillips injures finger fielding grounder

Phillips injures finger fielding grounder

CINCINNATI -- Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips had to be lifted for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning of Thursday's 4-1 win over the Dodgers because of an injured right index finger.

It was believed that Phillips was hurt in the sixth inning trying to field a Yasiel Puig grounder for a potential double play. Phillips bounced the flip to shortstop Zack Cozart and the Reds settled for one out.

"As the ball approached him, he had his right hand slightly in front of his glove," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "I believe the ball hit his index finger on the way into the glove. It was fairly uncomfortable, especially swinging the bat. He was able to do things as far as throwing the ball with less discomfort."

Phillips was 0-for-3 in the game. Ryan Ludwick batted for him in the eighth and hit an RBI single to center field. Ramon Santiago pinch-ran for Ludwick and played second base in the top of the ninth.

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.