Cincinnati Reds

Reds' Phillips breaks thumb, hopes to play

K-Rod out of hospital

■ Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez was back with the club on Sunday and feeling better after being hospitalized for back spasms following Saturday night's game. Mets manager Jerry Manuel was unsure when Rodriguez would be available.

Rodriguez said "his legs locked up," prompting medical personnel to take him to an ambulance on a stretcher.

"That was scary," he said Sunday. "I've never felt anything like that. They gave me some medicine and it feels better."

Zimmerman keeps streak alive

Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman singled leading off the sixth inning Sunday, extending his streak of consecutive games reaching base safely to 42 — matching the franchise single-season mark established by Tim Raines for Montreal in 1986.

The overall franchise record is 46, set by Montreal's Rusty Staub in 1969-70.

Short hops

■ The Cardinals activated Rick Ankiel from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday. The outfielder had been on the DL since May 4 after a headfirst crash into the wall left him with a bruised right shoulder and overall body soreness. Infielder Tyler Greene was optioned to Triple-A Memphis.

■ The Rockies placed catcher Jeff Iannetta on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring. Catcher Paul Phillips was called up from Triple-A.

■ Phillies closer Brad Lidge blew his second save in as many days against the Yankees on Sunday. Lidge, who has a 9.15 ERA, has four blown save in 12 chances this season.

■ Red Sox DH David Ortiz went 0-for-5 and stranded eight runners Sunday, dropping his average to .195.

West Coast update

Juan Pierre drew a walk with the bases loaded from Jose Arredondo in the 10th inning, giving the host Dodgers a 5-4 victory over the Angels on Saturday night.

Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips plans on trying to play with a hairline fracture of his right thumb.

Phillips, who has an NL-leading 27 RBI this month, was hurt while fielding Grady Sizemore's sharp grounder that ended the eighth inning of Saturday's 7-6 Cleveland win. He immediately left that game and sat out Sunday while getting further examinations.

Phillips hopes to try playing with the injury, he said.

"I just need to give it a couple of days," Phillips said. "It is really swollen right now. I'll think about the next step when it gets here, after the swelling goes down."

■ The Reds optioned pitcher Homer Bailey to Triple-A Louisville, less than 24 hours after the right-hander was unable to last five innings in his first major-league start of the season. Infielder-outfielder Wilkin Castillo was recalled from Louisville to fill Bailey's spot on the roster.

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