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Tag:Jimmy Rollins
Posted on: June 19, 2010 6:36 pm
Edited on: June 19, 2010 7:43 pm

Rollins should return this week

Jimmy Rollins will likely be activated from the disabled list this week, Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock told's Zach Schornbrun .

Rollins is scheduled to play his fourth and final rehab game tonight for Class-A Clearwater. He played nine innings in Friday's game.

"Everything went well last night and depending on how things go tonight, he'll be evaluated," Proefrock said. "We'll see where we go from there. We're optimistic he will be available for us sometime next week."

Rollins has been on the disabled list since May 22 with a strained right calf.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 15, 2010 5:51 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2010 6:01 pm

Rollins, Happ inching closer to return from DL

Jimmy Rollins The Phillies are in an unfamiliar place to them: At 32-29, the squad is in third place, 3 1/2 games behind first-place Atlanta.

The good news for the back-to-back NL champions is that two integral parts to their NL pennant from 2009 are on the verge of returning.

Jimmy Rollins is struggling to put a right lower leg strain behind him that has already cost him two DL stints on the year. Rollins will begin a rehab assignment with Class-A Clearwater on Tuesday reports Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer . Without any setbacks, Rollins should be back inside of two weeks.

The 2007 NL MVP has played just 12 games on the year. He hit the disabled list days into the 2010 campaign with a right lower leg strain and then came off the DL in early May, playing five games before re-injuring himself on the first day of interleague play. His presence is sorely missed on the Fightins as Rollins' .342 batting average on the season is significantly higher than replacement Juan Castro's .229 mark.

Meanwhile, starter J.A. Happ allowed four runs over two innings for Double-A Reading on Sunday. While the results were poor, Happ was pleased with his performance according to the Philadelphia Daily News . It was his second rehab start in his progress from a strained left forearm that has caused the lefty to miss most of the 2010 season. He has two starts to his name in the big leagues, giving up zero runs over 10 1/3 innings.

He will make his next rehab start on Friday, location to be determined, Martin Frank of the Delaware News Journal notes .

When Happ returns, manager Charlie Manuel will have a tough decision on his hands. Jamie Moyer replaced Happ in the rotation and has been the third-best starter on the team. While his 5.03 ERA ranks fourth among the current starting rotation, it was 3.98 before Boston's dismantling of Moyer on June 11.

Meanwhile, innings eater Joe Blanton has struggled mightily to start the season, throwing up a 7.28 ERA in eight starts. Manuel may not want to bounce Blanton from the rotation, however, because of Blanton's history of success. The other candidate for demotion is Kyle Kendrick, who currently has a 4.80 ERA over 12 starts and one relief appearance.

Speaking of Kendrick and Moyer, the two will flip spots in the rotation against the Yankees. Moyer will now follow Roy Halladay with Kendrick drawing the ball on the final day of the series. It will give the Yankees different looks from the mound in each game.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 14, 2010 11:08 am

Phillies unlikely to add

Phillies fans are getting a bit nervous about the National League champs being in third place at this point in the season, and Paul Hagen of the Philadelphia Daily News points out that the team is not likely to be able to significantly upgrade via trade.

The Phillies have gotten help at the deadline the past three years: Kyle Lohse in 2007, Joe Blanton in 2008 and Cliff Lee in 2009. Those trades depleted the farm system of the kind of players they'd need to make a similar deal this year. The cupboard is bare except for outfielder Domonic Brown, and the Phillies aren't inclined to trade such a promising prospect.

The Phillies also are hamstrung by their high payroll, much of which is going to players who already are signed for 2011. That rules out taking on a big contract.

The return of Jimmy Rollins (on the disabled list since May 22 with a calf injury, maybe back this weekend) will be a boost to the offense, but for the most part the Phillies are going to have to figure out how to get it done with the guys currently in the clubhouse.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 8, 2010 1:30 pm

Ramirez jumps to All-Star vote lead

An update was released on National League All-Star voting today, and the Marlins' Hanley Ramirez was the only new position leader, moving ahead of the Phillies' Jimmy Rollins. Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley was the leading overall vote-getter, just ahead of Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols.

Perhaps the most notable development was the surge by Brewers rookie Jason Heyward, who jumped to second among outfielders and will be a starter if he stays in the top three. Heyward is batting .266 with 10 homers and 39 RBI.

Starting rosters will be announced on July 4.

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