That season was Steens first full one in St. Louis aft from miaowang123's blog

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips had surgery Friday to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, an injury thats expected to sideline him for about six weeks. https://www.detroitfootballshop.com/19-Jersey . The Reds entered a weekend series against Pittsburgh with their infield depleted by injuries. First baseman Joey Votto was out indefinitely with a strained muscle above his left knee. Skip Schumaker, who was expected to help fill in at second base, went on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion. Schumaker ran into the outfield wall as he tried to make a catch during a 6-4, 12-inning loss to the Cubs on Thursday. He was sore when he showed up at the ballpark on Friday, and he was later diagnosed with a concussion. The Reds called up infielder Donald Lutz from Triple-A Louisville to take Schumakers spot. Lutz was one of only three bench players left for the game against Pittsburgh, along with catcher Brayan Pena and infielder Kristopher Negron. Phillips hurt the thumb when his glove bent awkwardly as he tried to make a sliding catch on Wednesday. Ramon Santiago started at second base on Friday. Manager Bryan Price had intended to use Santiago and Schumaker there while Phillips is gone. Now, theyre just trying to make it to the All-Star break. "I like what we have here," Price said before Schumaker went on the DL. "I just want to make sure that, coming out of the All-Star break, the guys that we have here are as healthy as possible. That will be the biggest challenge." Centre fielder Billy Hamilton was back on Friday after being out of the lineup for one game because of a sore hamstring. Pena has several nagging injuries. The Reds decided to bolster their worn-down bullpen before the game, adding two relievers. Right-handers Carlos Contreras and Curtis Partch were called up from Louisville. Catcher Tucker Barnhart was optioned to open a spot. Starter Homer Bailey had to leave in the fifth inning on Thursday after slightly straining his right knee on a pitch. Price expects him to be able to make his next start. "It seems like every game weve played lately, something has happened," Price said. "The good news on Homer is he feels better today and were encouraged that he should be ready to go once we get through the All-Star break." https://www.detroitfootballshop.com/Customized . Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes, the bandleader of the beard brigade during Bostons run to the 2013 World Series title, said he will be shaving his off before spring training so that he can file it "in the archive" with his memories of the teams improbable championship. https://www.detroitfootballshop.com/94-Jersey . -- The Grand Rapids Griffins scored three goals in 33 seconds of the second period en route to defeating the Hamilton Bulldogs 6-1 in American Hockey League action on Friday.One day after their 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings, and still without top defenceman Dion Phaneuf as he serves the second of his two-game suspension, the Toronto Maple Leafs will head to St. Louis to take on Alexander Steen and the Blues Thursday night. Cody Franson scored and Jonathan Bernier made 20 stops for the Leafs, but they still stumbled to their seventh loss in nine outings Wednesday against LA. "That was much closer to what we need," Toronto head coach Randy Carlyle. "Hey, were third in the Eastern Conference in goals scored. Its on the defensive side where our work ethic and commitment hasnt been there." Phaneuf was out of the lineup, serving the first game of his two-game suspension however, winger Joffrey Lupul returned after missing seven games in a row due to a groin strain. He has eight goals and 15 points in 22 contests before the injury. Carlyle could give James Reimer his first career start versus the Blues tonight. Bernier is 2-1-0 with a 2.99 GAA in four starts against them. The Blues meanwhile, look to secure a second straight victory on Thursday night against the struggling Leafs. The Blues had lost three of four ahead of Tuesdays 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. Alexander Steen had a second-period goal and Kevin Shattenkirk put home the deciding goal while on the power play with 3:02 remaining in the game. Shattenkirks third goal of the season changed direction on the way to the net after he took a feed from Derek Roy. "Sometimes you gett rewarded with a couple lucky ones and it was a great game by both teams," said Shattenkirk. https://www.detroitfootballshop.com/27-Jersey. Brian Elliott stopped 20 shots for the Blues, who reached the 20-win plateau by claiming their seventh victory in the last 10 outings. "Our goalie made some great saves and I think we were getting nervous when we didnt score on some opportunities, but I really like the way we fought," said Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock. Steen, a former first-round pick by Toronto in 2002, scored his first goal in five games and his 21st of the season. That is tied for second most in the NHL and three off his career high of 24 scored with the Blues in 2009-10. That season was Steens first full one in St. Louis after getting dealt by Toronto along with defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo for Lee Stempniak on Nov. 24, 2008. The 29-year-old Steen has two goals in three career games versus Toronto. Steen will look to give Elliott some more support tonight with the netminder set to get the call again. He is 5-1-1 with a 2.04 goals against average and .919 save percentage in 10 games this season, including seven starts. Elliott has allowed two goals or fewer in five of those starts. The goaltender is 3-5-1 with a 3.07 GAA in 10 previous meetings with the Leafs, who were in action last night and lost a 3-1 decision to the Los Angeles Kings. The Maple Leafs have won two straight versus the Blues, both in a shootout, following a three-game series losing streak. They notched a 3-2 win in their last trip to St. Louis on Nov. 10, 2011. ' ' '

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