Brandon Phillips to begin rehab stint; Homer Bailey headed to DL

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Brandon Phillips is set for a rehab assignment.
Brandon Phillips is set for a rehab assignment. (USATSI)

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The Reds have some injury news on this fine Thursday evening, both of the good and bad variety.

On the good side, second baseman Brandon Phillips is going to begin his Triple-A rehab stint Friday, the Louisville Bats (Reds' Triple-A affiliate) announced. Phillips has been sidelined since July 10 with a left thumb injury that required surgery to repair the torn ligament.

No timetable has been given for Phillps' return from the minors.

On the bad side, starting pitcher Homer Bailey has a flexor mass strain and will be placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to his next scheduled start (Saturday).

"It's going to keep him out for a while," manager Bryan Price said, via cincinnati.com. "How long he'll be out, we don't know. But we think he'll come back at some point this season."

So "a while" but not the rest of the season. That leaves a small window in September, one would guess.

The Reds haven't yet named a replacement for Bailey in the rotation. They are also without Joey Votto, as he looks to recover from a lingering quad injury.

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