Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday with a Grade 1/Grade 2 right calf strain. He injured it literally minutes before the Phillies’ home opener against the Washington Nationals on Monday. After he was announced in the starting lineup and took his place on the foul line for the pre-game introductions, Jimmy strained the calf while sprinting in the outfield. The recovery time could be anywhere from two to four weeks.
While this is obviously a setback for the hot 6-1 Phillies, this is nothing new to them. Back in their championship season of 2008, Rollins missed almost the entire month of April with an ankle injury. The Phillies went 16-12 in his absence. Unlike last season, Rollins has started on fire with a line of .391/.516/.739. An important part of this potent offense will now be shelved for the time being.
Wilson Valdez has been called up from AAA and Juan Castro, who took Rollins’ space on Monday, will assume shortstop duties until Jimmy’s return.
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