Brandon Phillips was inexplicably bunting last night in the 11th inning with runners on 1st and 3rd. During that event he appears to have broken his right index finger. More from the Enquirer:
Minutes after Brandon Phillips delivered a game-winning single in a 5-4, 11-inning victory over Milwaukee, Phillips learned that he broke his right index finger earlier in the at-bat.
On the first pitch of the at-bat with runners on first and third and two outs, Phillips attempted to bunt for a base hit. He injured the finger on the bunt attempt.
Phillips will fly home to Cincinnati today to be examined by the Reds' medical staff. While no official word has been given, Phillips' season appears to be over. An emotional Phillips sat in his locker, passing on a chance to speak to reporters after the game.
Obviously at this point in the season it doesn't matter that much, but can we at least use this as one more indication of the evils of bunting? For the life of me I cannot figure out he would even be bunting in that situation.
Well, here's hoping for a speedy recovery for Phillips. And here's hoping for some serious at bats to be given to Adam Rosales for once. It's doubtful though as I'm sure Danny Richar will likely get the majority of the playing time at second now. Not that it's a bad thing (it's better than 35-year old Jolbert Cabrera), just that I'd hate to see the window close on Rosales without him actually getting a shot.