Monday, April 17, 2006

Brandon Phillips Pushing Womack Out, Way Out

He arrives by way of Cleveland with a smudged face and some spots on his collar. But Brandon Phillips is being dusted off and polished up by the Reds to resume his long lost Indians identity as second baseman of the future. And the future is now. More and more, Cincinnati manager Jerry Narron will give the 25-year-old ex-hot prospect regular playing time at second base, and perhaps occassionally at shortstop, at the expense of veteran Tony Womack, 36. With the Reds needing to carry 12 pitchers because of the team's overworked bullpen, and carrying three catchers, watch for the team to eat Womack's $1.5 million contract and send Womack packing to make room for Jason LaRue when LaRue returns from the DL. Phillips will stay as he fits into the team's rebuilding mode.