J-Roll Talks Ribs, USA
Jimmy Rollins caused a mini-stir (at least for a few Phillies beat writers) when he mentioned yesterday a sore back has bothered him since November.
He said today he’s OK.
He also said it’s a rib on the right side of his back.
“It was just tight,” he said before the Phillies played Team USA at Bright House Field. “I should have stretched it out, that’s all.”
Rollins said he has had the problem in the past, but that he won’t do anything foolish to force him to miss time this season. He said he learned that lesson last season when he tried to play through a sprained left ankle last season.
“The trainer for Team USA contacted us yesterday to let us know Jimmy has had some discomfort,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “We didn’t know about it. He hadn’t reported it to Scott (Sheridan). It can’t be that big of a deal if he’s playing. We’ve just to make sure he takes care of itself.”
Rollins, on representing the United States: “I don’t really have a choice in that.”
You mean because the Netherlands didn’t call?
“No, I was really surprised that South African didn’t call,” Rollins joked.
Kyle Kendrick retired seven of the first eight batters he faced, but found trouble in the third inning against Team USA. And a couple Phillies teammates started it. Shane Victorino hit a chopper over Ryan Howard‘s head for a one-out single. He moved to third when Kendrick’s throw to first got away from Howard. Rollins singled through the hole to put runners at the corners, and Dustin Pedroia singled through the hole between first and second to score Victorino.
Chipper Jones followed with a three-run homer to left field.