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Baker on banged up Phillips: 'he wasn't limping, he was pimping'

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Brandon Phillips will be in the lineup for Dusty Baker on Tuesday.
Brandon Phillips will be in the lineup for Dusty Baker on Tuesday. (USATSI)

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Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips fouled a pitch off his left leg on Saturday, and the result was a nasty welt that showed up almost immediately. Here's a look, in case you missed it:

Eww.

Phillips was removed from the game -- not before ending the at-bat with a single -- and rested on Sunday in hopes of being ready for Tuesday night's NL wild-card game. X-rays did come back negative.

According to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon, the swelling has subsided and Phillips was able to work out with the team on Monday. Manager Dusty Baker declared his 18 HR, 103 RBI second baseman good to go for the wild-card game, and he did it in one of the most colorful ways possible:

“I expect Brandon to be in there,” Baker said. “I saw him yesterday. I told him, ‘he wasn't limping, he was pimping' …not literally.”

Baseball ain't easy, man.

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