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October 1, 2013
by Nick J. Faleris
Advance Scouting Report
Filed by: Nick J. Faleris
Player Name: Brandon Phillips
Context: 12 Games; 9/9/13 to 9/22/13
Sample vs. Season:
Average/on-base/slugging down from season lines; slumping, will give away at-bats; brutal stretch of at-bats.
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Another injury issue - he left Saturday's game and sat on Sunday after fouling a ball off his shin. The Fox broadcast got a shot of a huge lump on his shin through his uniform. Between the quad and the shin, tender lower half indeed.
Nick - while this wasn't explicit in the article, I think the implication is that Phillips is still playing hurt. Is that correct? Do you see any chance of this injury healing without extended rest?
I would not feel comfortable stating affirmatively that "Phillips is still hurt", but it was observable that even with very solid contact he was upper-half heavy and the ball simply didn't have the same explosion we've seen in the past.
I am not qualified to express an opinion on dangers of further injury, particularly when I do not have knowledge of specifics regarding any particular current ailment. I think the Reds are looking to win a World Series and will continue to try and run out the best players they can to achieve that -- can't fault them at all if they did in fact decide to allow Phillips to play at less than 100% (I mean, who is really at 100% by the end of the season anyway, right?).
Fair enough. Thank you.
Having watched Phillips every day and closely following the team, I would guess that he is beat up head to toe right now. I don't think he's still recovered from getting hit on the hand in late May. Just my unscientific opinion.
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