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Reds' Hamilton, Phillips, Cardinals' Molina suffer injuries on Wednesday

Billy Hamilton's bat had just begun to come alive before he left Wednesday's game with an apparent injury. Photo: Al Behrman/AP

Billy Hamilton's bat had just begun to come alive before he left Wednesday's game with an apparent injury.

The Reds already have Joey Votto on the DL for the second time this season. Things may have gotten a lot worse for them on Wednesday.

Center fielder Billy Hamilton left the game in the eighth inning with a tight hamstring. Hamilton was caught stealing in the bottom of the third, and he rolled his ankle while sliding into second base. He was able to remain in for most of the rest of the game, but appeared uncomfortable during his at-bat in the seventh, stepping out to flex his hamstring.

Hamilton just finished off a monster June, slashing .327/.348/.500. There is no word yet as to the severity of the injury, but with the Reds and Cubs playing on Thursday at 12:35 ET on Thursday, expect Hamilton to miss at least one game.

Unfortunately for the Reds, that was just the start of their eighth-inning woes. Second baseman Brandon Phillips ranged deep into the hole between first and second and dove for a ground ball off the bat of Anthony Rizzo. He rolled over his left wrist and was writhing in pain for a few minutes before walking off the field. The Reds announced that he sprained his thumb and that X-rays were negative, but he also seems likely to sit on Thursday.

The Reds have won five straight and are right back in the thick of things in the NL Central and Wild Card race. They also aren’t the only team in the division to have potentially suffered a huge loss on Wednesday.

Yadier Molina left the Cardinals’ game with the Pirates in the third inning with a sprained right thumb. He will be re-evaluated on Thursday.

Molina suffered the injury on a foot-first slide into third base. He was replaced behind the plate by Tony Cruz. He’s hitting .287/.341/.409 with seven homers and 30 RBI. He’s supposed to start the All-Star Game on Tuesday, but that could now be in jeopardy. If he misses the Midsummer Classic, expect Milwaukee’s Jonathan Lucroy to get the start.

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