Word is that Jimmy Rollins’ right calf strain is a grade-two strain, which could land the All Star short stop on the DL. Rollins was hurt prior to the Phillies 7-4 win over the Nationals and was replaced by Juan Castro in the lead-0ff spot. People who saw Rollins after the game said he was not walking well.
This is not news we want to hear, especially with the hot start Rollins was having. He’s been hitting .391 with a homer, three RBI’s and eight runs scored in his first six games and was a huge part of the team’s early success.
The Phillies brought in Castro to spell Rollins and Chase Utley but weren’t expecting for Castro to be a temporary filler. It should interesting to see how well Castro does in Rollins’ place.
The main concern is who to lead off. Castro did it today and provided some offense with his two-run double. I believe Shane Victorino will get the call to lead-off to keep the 2-through-6 intact for the Phillies. Carlos Ruiz and Castro will bat seventh and eighth.
If Rollins goes on the DL, Wilson Valdez, Brian Bocock, and Cody Ransom could get called up seeing as they had good springs.
As many may remember, Victorino had a similar injury very early in the 2007 season a few years back that kept him out for about half a month. Gregg Dobbs also had a calf injury that bothered him all of last season. Rollins may be injured but that won’t stop the three-time gold glover and former MVP. He’s the team’s leader and has a fire in him that’s constantly burning.
Get well, Jimmy.