J-Roll Returns to the Top Spot
He will be back in the leadoff spot, too.
“I felt it was very important to let him sit over there and kind of get a clear mind when I put him back there so he’s fresh,” Charlie Manuel said today. “He’s starting all over.”
Rollins is hitting .195 as a leadoff hitter this season. That’s last out of 44 hitters who have seen significant time in the top spot this season. He also ranks last with a .237 on-base percentage. His .289 slugging percentage ranks 42nd in front of the Mets’ Alex Cora (.275) and San Francisco’s Fred Lewis (.230).
Manuel has been speaking to Rollins — who has not commented on the four-game break — on a daily basis, including a long chat Saturday.
“I think it did,” Manuel said, asked if he thinks the time off has helped Rollins. “That’s why I wanted to do it. I think it’s going to help. We’ll see the way he performs and the way he goes about playing.”
All signs point to Triple-A Lehigh Valley right-hander Carlos Carrasco making his Major League debut Thursday in Atlanta.
Raul Chavez bunted in Brad Lidge‘s first test save situation since returning from the DL last week with a sprained right knee.
That didn’t sit well with Lidge.
“It was right out of the chute,” Lidge said. “I guess they probably know why I came off the DL, and they tried to test it. … I wasn’t real happy about that. At first it kind of pissed me off. I remember thinking that but then [thinking] ‘OK, runner on first base, one run game, you better get it done.’
“Honestly it’s fair. It’s not anything super cheap. They want to get a baserunnner. I just didn’t like it.”
Interleague Play is over. I’m sure the Phillies are excited about that. They went 6-12 against the AL this season.