Second baseman Brandon Phillips took part in batting practice with the Reds before Tuesday’s game with the Red Sox, another step in his recovery from a torn ligament in his left thumb.

“He’s been swinging the bat pain free even with the vibration,” Reds manager Bryan Price said.

Phillips posted the following photo on his Instagram last week.

#YeaBuddy… Somebody got cleared to swing that bat⚾️ #ALLREADY #TeeWork #DLSucks