Although he was able to take grounders at second base Friday afternoon, Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is still out of the lineup Friday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. It is unknown how much longer the team will be without their slugging middle infielder, as he has been out since Tuesday with a strained calf.
Also out for the Reds will be Joey Votto who is still on the disabled list, and Jay Bruce who is sitting out against a lefty starting pitcher. It is the first time since 2010 that Phillips, Votto and Bruce are all absent from the lineup.
The two teams begin a crucial three-game set at Great American Ballpark Friday night. Here are the lineups for the game.