Rollins Is Headed to Philly
Rollins, who has been on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right calf since April 13, flew from Florida to Philadelphia today.
He will be evaluated tomorrow, and assuming that goes well he will be activated before their series opener against the Pirates at Citizens Bank Park. Rollins has played in one rehabilitation game with Single-A Clearwater, plus a few extended Spring Training games. Reports have been good.
“What we missed is that Jimmy is an all-around player,” Manuel said. “You can’t put his value in one area. He can run. He can throw. He’s a switch-hitter. He can steal bases. He can make deep throws on the cutoff. He can play defense. He’s an all-around player. He’s one of the better players in the league. Yeah, we’ve missed him. Our lineup is better with Jimmy in there.”
Wilson Valdez took Rollins’ place on the roster, so he likely will be bumped to make room for him. Because Valdez is out of options, he would have to clear waivers to remain with the Phillies.
Stats Inc. passed these along Friday. Sorry I didn’t post them until tonight:
- Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz is off to a terrific start, aided by his patience at the plate. He leads all National League regulars by averaging 4.55 pitches per plate appearance, and he’s been productive when he gets ahead in the count. When he goes up 2-0, Ruiz is 6-for-8 with 15 walks, good for a .913 OBP. He’s been retired only twice in 23 plate appearances after starting 2-0. He’s reached all nine times he has gone 3-1 in the count, going 3-for-3 with six walks. In 20 full-count situations, Ruiz is 4-for-12 (.333) with eight walks and a .600 OBP.
- Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard saw breaking stuff on 39.7 percent of all pitches he faced during the 2009 season, the highest percentage among all major leaguers who qualified for the batting title. The Yankees fed him a steady dose of breaking balls in the World Series, a tack that proved successful, so it’s not surprising that Howard is seeing an even higher percentage of breaking stuff this spring. It’s currently a single-season high of 41.1 percent, which again leads all batting title qualifiers.