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08/06/12 8:17 PM ET

Baker happy to have Votto on bench for road trip

MILWAUKEE -- Reds first baseman Joey Votto traveled with the team for the first time since he underwent surgery on July 17 to repair torn cartilage in his left knee, and manager Dusty Baker said he's glad his first baseman is on the bench.

"I've watched him on the bench, and it's given him an opportunity to assume more of a leadership role," Baker said. "I've seen him talking to guys on the bench, discussing things.

"When you're playing, you don't have the time or the energy to do all that."

Votto took indoor batting practice and did some running with trainers before Monday night's game against the Brewers.

Phillips returns to lineup after missing five games

MILWAUKEE -- Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was back in the lineup Monday night against the Milwaukee Brewers after missing five games with a strained left calf.

Phillips declined comment before the game, but manager Dusty Baker said his second baseman had been cleared to play.

"Brandon knows how to program himself, he knows his body," Baker said. "You always are going to take a chance. You take a chance every day you go out there."

Phillips injured the leg on Tuesday night against San Diego. He had been scheduled to start on Saturday, but he was scratched shortly before game time.

"He's been driving us crazy wanting to play," Baker said. "You know you've got to try him some time. He's been doing well."

Entering Monday, Phillips was batting .296 with 13 home runs and 62 RBIs this season and has been an instrumental part of the Reds' offense in the absence of Joey Votto, hitting .339 with three homers and 13 RBIs since Votto left the lineup.

Worth noting

• A moment of silence was held before Monday night's game against the Reds in remembrance of the victims of the mass shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, Wis., on Sunday. The temple is located about 13 miles from Miller Park.

• The Brewers recalled from Double-A Huntsville shortstop Jean Segura -- the top prospect obtained in the trade that sent Zack Greinke to the Angels last month -- and he started against the Reds, making his Brewers debut Monday night. Manager Dusty Baker said the team knew a little about Segura because Huntsville had played the Reds' Double-A team from Pensacola over the weekend.

Joe DiGiovanni is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.