09/16/10 5:41 PM ET
Stubbs catching fire down stretch
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
Phillips not in starting lineup Thursday
CINCINNATI -- Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was given a rare break from the starting lineup on Thursday vs. the D-backs.Phillips was mired in a 1-for-24 skid, and was batting .127 (7-for-55) in 13 games since being drilled by a fastball on his right hand Aug. 25 at San Francisco. "He's been struggling. He needs it," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It's more of a mental break than anything. I know his hand has been bothering him. His focus and concentration -- perhaps there's a little fatigue in there. This time of year, you can get some mental fatigue." Paul Janish started at second base in place of Phillips against Arizona. Phillips was also not rewarded for some nice contact. He hit the ball hard during his first three at-bats on Wednesday, but all were right at somebody in the field. Baker said Phillips would be back in the lineup Friday when the Reds face tough Astros lefty Wandy Rodriguez.
Starting pitcher Homer Bailey, who lasted only three innings in Wednesday's outing because of dizziness, hadn't made much improvement Thursday. "I'm not OK, but a little better," Bailey said. His next scheduled start is on Monday at Milwaukee. ... Jim Edmonds pinch-hit for Bill Bray in the seventh inning Thursday and flied out to right field. It was Edmonds' first game since Aug. 23 because he's been out with a torn right oblique. Manager Dusty Baker said Edmonds could get a start in either Houston or Milwaukee during the upcoming road trip. ... Reliever Jared Burton, recalled from Triple-A Louisville, made his 2010 Reds debut with a scoreless ninth inning.