A source tells Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has a Grade 2 calf strain and could miss some time. Usually an injury like this will require a stint on the DL, but we’ll see what happens.
Rollins was running wind sprints before today’s home opener and was suddenly yanked from the lineup before the game against the Nationals even started. It happened so abruptly that backup shortstop Juan Castro had to quickly find his spikes and get ready to play.
‚ÄúI didn‚Äôt know what happened,‚Äù one Phillie said after the game. ‚ÄúI just saw Jimmy limp by me.‚Äù
Teammate Greg Dobbs had a calf injury before and knows it isn’t fun.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know the severity of Jimmy‚Äôs,‚Äù Dobbs said. ‚ÄúBut with me, it nagged and nagged all season and I wasn‚Äôt even an every-day guy. You have to tackle it right from the get-go. I should have gotten off mine sooner.‚Äù
Dobbs said Rollins was shocked by the injury.
‚ÄúHe was kind of in disbelief, kind of like, ‚ÄòI can‚Äôt believe this is going on,‚Äô‚Äù Dobbs said. ‚ÄúI felt for him.‚Äù
So who replaces Mr. Rollins? Well, there is the aforementioned 37-year old Castro, but don’t forget they liked Triple A’s Wilson Valdez in spring training and might want to give him a shot if Rollins hits the DL.