Rollins Back to the DL

Jimmy Rollins is back on the disabled list, but the Phillies said he could be back in 15 days.

Rollins strained his right calf during last night’s victory over the Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park. It is the second time this season Rollins has been on the DL because of a strained right calf, but Ruben Amaro Jr. said before tonight’s game that the latest strain is not as severe as the first.

“It’s a Grade 1 strain, much, much milder than his last one,” Amaro said. “But we didn’t want to mess around with it, so we decide we’ve got to get it taken care of. I think this is a two-week thing. I wouldn’t see this going much more than the DL stint. In fact, it might not take that long, but we can’t afford to put ourselves in a position where it turns into something serious and we can’t leave the team short [a player on the bench].”

The Phillies called up infielder Wilson Valdez to take Rollins’ place on the 25-man roster. Valdez just cleared waivers after the Phillies designated him for assignment Monday, when they activated Rollins from his first DL stint. The Phillies were fortunate Valdez cleared waivers. If he had been claimed by another team, Triple-A Lehigh Valley shortstop Brian Bocock and Double-A Reading shortstop Freddy Galvis would have been candidates to take Rollins’ place.

But will Rollins’ injury hinder him throughout the season? Greg Dobbs and Shane Victorino know it can linger.

Dobbs played through a strained calf through 2009, and said it only felt completely healthy until the offseason. He still wears a protective sleeve over the calf, which he said helps prevent another injury. Victorino spent July 31-Aug. 21, 2007, on the DL with a strained right calf. He strained the calf again Aug. 24, in just his third game back. He returned to action in the second game of a doubleheader Aug. 27 and played in 22 games (six starts) the rest of the regular season. Victorino also said he never felt completely healthy until the offseason.

“It [stinks],” Victorino said. “Hopefully [Rollins] gets better, but it can linger.”

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