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08/31/09 11:57 PM ET
Phillips playing with fractured left wrist
Second baseman to stay in lineup despite injury
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips would have a good reason to shut it down for the season. His production says he's doing the exact opposite. Phillips revealed for the first time after Monday night's 6-3 win over the Pirates that he's been playing with a fractured left wrist. And he plans to keep playing. "Little do people know and they don't really pay attention to the details, I played through injury all year this year," Phillips said. "I broke my thumb and right now, I'm playing with a fractured wrist that people don't even know about. I'm here just grinding it out and finishing the season." Phillips was 3-for-4 with a solo home run and an RBI single on Monday. Overall, he is batting .268 with 18 homers and 81 RBIs. He has hits in eight of his past 10 games. "Other teams know. They want to come inside," Phillips said. "I'm cheating trying to get the head [of the bat] out. Positive things have happened." On Aug. 15 vs. the Nationals, Phillips was hit on the left wrist by a fastball thrown by J.D. Martin and came out of the game. At first it was diagnosed as a deep bone bruise and he missed a couple of games. "I still think he hit me on purpose," Phillips said of Martin. "I wrote his name inside my hat." Regarding Martin, Phillips vowed to "get him back in some way," meaning via a home run or big hit and not with a fight. Meanwhile, the wrist has gotten worse and he said that a tiny hairline fracture was revealed in an X-ray. "I think I came back too early. It's been affecting me a lot," Phillips said. "The only thing I can do for my wrist to feel better is to rest. But I'm not going to do that. I went on the DL one time and that feeling was terrible. I felt like my career was over. They said I can't hurt it worse, so why not play? If you sit down, you give another person a time to shine." This isn't the first time Phillips has resisted the disabled list. He suffered a fractured left thumb while fielding a grounder vs. the Indians on May 15. Although he missed five games, he returned quickly without going on the DL. Phillips also said he would not take a cortisone shot for the wrist. "I'm not getting any shot," Phillips said. "If it was the playoffs, I'd do it."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.