Phillips sidelined with flu-like symptoms
Keppinger takes over for ailing second baseman vs. Pirates
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Brandon Phillips walked slowly through the clubhouse, a towel covering his head and, perhaps more importantly for his teammates, his mouth.
The second baseman was slated to start Saturday's game and bat cleanup against the Pirates. Instead, he became the latest to get hit with illness and was sent home with flu-like symptoms.
The Reds shuffled their lineup as a result, replacing Phillips in the field with Jeff Keppinger, who hit sixth with Edwin Encarnacion moving up from the sixth spot to hit fourth.
Illnesses of various sorts have taken their toll in the Reds clubhouse this spring. Earlier, Darnell McDonald missed time. Daryle Ward had some stomach trouble. More recently, Norris Hopper was scratched from Friday's trip to Kissimmee because of bronchitis. And Jerry Hairston Jr. has yet to officially return from the World Baseball Classic because of a malady he picked up in Mexico.
Hopper and Hairston remained home on Saturday. It was unclear how long Phillips would be out of commission.
Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.