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Brandon Phillips out of starting lineup

CINCINNATI -- Brandon Phillips was out of the starting lineup for the third straight game Sunday because of a bruised right hand.

The Cincinnati Reds' All-Star second baseman was hit by a pitch Wednesday and hasn't played since. Manager Dusty Baker said he was available to pinch run during the final game of a series against the Chicago Cubs.

Baker said the swelling is going away and Phillips could be back within a few days.

The NL Central leaders are playing short-handed. Outfielder Laynce Nix has a sprained ankle, and infielder Miguel Cairo has a sore leg.

The Reds will have to make a roster move Tuesday when they bring Aaron Harang off the disabled list to start against Milwaukee.