CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is expected to miss six weeks after he has surgery today to repair torn ligaments in his left thumb.
Phillips injured his thumb diving for a ground ball in the eighth inning Wednesday night and an MRI on Thursday morning revealed torn ligaments. The four-time Gold Glove winner is hitting .272 with seven homers and 40 RBIs in 86 game.
"It is a big blow. Brandon is a big two-way player. He has hit in the middle of the order most of the year. Defensively, he has been spectacular. It is a blow, but we'll weather it," Reds manager Bryan Price said.
Phillips, 32, was moved down one spot to third in the batting order when Joey Votto missed 15 days earlier in May.
Fan vote: Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale and Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo were voted by fans onto the rosters for Tuesday's All-Star game, and Los Angeles Angels shortstop Erick Aybar will replace Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon.
Rizzo received 8.8 million votes among the 52.5 million ballots and Sale 6.7 million, Major League Baseball said Thursday. Voting was conducted on MLB.com, team websites and Twitter.
Molina out: St. Louis Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina will undergo surgery Friday to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb and could miss the rest of the season.
The team estimated Molina could be sidelined eight to 12 weeks. He's hoping to make it back in seven or eight weeks.
OSU-MSU at 8 p.m.: The Big Ten and ESPN/ABC have announced that the Ohio State at Michigan State game on Nov. 8 will kick off at 8 p.m.
The night game on ABC will be the third in a row for the Buckeyes, who are scheduled to play a record five games at night in 2014 -- with half of the game times still to be determined.
Cactus Bowl: The bowl formerly known as the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl will now be the Cactus Bowl.
The Valley of the Sun Bowl Foundation announced the name on Thursday for the bowl to be played at Arizona State's Sun Devil Stadium on Jan. 2, 2015.
Grimmer by three: Mariemont High School senior-to-be Will Grimmer has moved a step closer to possibly becoming the second-youngest winner in the 108 years of the Ohio Amateur. He shot a 2-under 69 in Thursday's third round to build a three-stroke lead heading into the final 18 holes.
The 17-year-old, who's committed to play at Ohio State, followed rounds of 72 and 66 to stand at 6-under 207.
Three-way tie: Zach Johnson, Rory Sabbatini and Brian Harman shot 8-under-par 63s Thursday to share the lead after the first round of the John Deere Classic.
McIlroy up: Rory McIlroy rolled in six birdies in seven holes around the turn to shoot a 7-under 64 and take a one-stroke lead midway through the first round of the Scottish Open on Thursday.
Monty on top: Colin Montgomerie leads after the first round at the U.S. Senior Open.
Montgomerie shot a 6-under par 65 in oppressive heat Thursday at Oak Tree National.
Early edge: Ayako Uehara of Japan got her one mistake out of the way early and opened with a 4-under 68 to lead the Women's British Open on Thursday.
Cleary re-signs: The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed left wing Daniel Cleary to a one-year contract.
The team announced the move Thursday. The 35-year-old Cleary finished last season with four goals, four assists and 53 penalty minutes in 52 games.