Apr 12, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (4) argues being called out stealing third base during the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Baseball: Reds’ Brandon Phillips tweaks back; other injury news


Players have been dropping like flies this baseball season and yesterday was no exception as Cincinnati Reds’ second baseman Brandon Phillips was removed from Friday’s game against the Chicago Cubs.

Apr 12, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (4) reacts after being called out stealing third base during the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Phillips left the game after striking out in the third inning with back spasms.

He tweaked his lower back on a swing in the first inning. Phillips stayed in the game and hit a single that same at bat, but he was out of the game by the third inning.

I would be concerned because backs are awful for fantasy owners. They tend to linger on all season and it is definitely something to keep an eye on.

Phillips is off to a decent start to the season, hitting .313, but has only one homer, three RBI and has yet to steal a base.

The Reds are saying his removal was precautionary. Consider Phillips day-to-day for the time being, but he figures to miss at least a game or two.

In other injury news:

Tanner Scheppers, Texas Rangers

Scheppers is headed to the disabled list with an elbow injury, but not necessarily out of the Texas Rangers’ rotation. The Rangers announced that the right-hander had muscle inflammation in his right elbow on Friday afternoon, although they don’t feel that Scheppers’ move from reliever to starter is necessarily the direct cause.

He is 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA over four starts and doesn’t have any fantasy value at the moment. The Rangers are expected to recall Nick Martinez from Double-A Frisco to make Scheppers’ next scheduled start on Tuesday at Oakland.

Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees

Teixeira singled in five minor league at-bats on Friday and is moving closer to being activated by the Yankees, who are planning on having him in the lineup on Sunday against the Tampa Rays at Tropicana Field. Teixeira, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a strain of his right hamstring, played five innings at first base on Friday and is scheduled to play seven innings on Saturday.


 

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