Reds put 2B Phillips on DL, add to bullpen

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 11, 2014 at 6:03 pm •  Published: July 11, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) — Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips had surgery Friday to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, an injury that's expected to sideline him for about six weeks.

The Reds entered a weekend series against Pittsburgh with their infield depleted by injuries.

First baseman Joey Votto was out indefinitely with a strained muscle above his left knee. Skip Schumaker, who was expected to help fill in at second base, went on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion.

Schumaker ran into the outfield wall as he tried to make a catch during a 6-4, 12-inning loss to the Cubs on Thursday. He was sore when he showed up at the ballpark on Friday, and he was later diagnosed with a concussion.

The Reds called up infielder Donald Lutz from Triple-A Louisville to take Schumaker's spot. Lutz was one of only three bench players left for the game against Pittsburgh, along with catcher Brayan Pena and infielder Kristopher Negron.

Phillips hurt the thumb when his glove bent awkwardly as he tried to make a sliding catch on Wednesday. Ramon Santiago started at second base on Friday. Manager Bryan Price had intended to use Santiago and Schumaker there while Phillips is gone.

Now, they're just trying to make it to the All-Star break.

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