Jul 282010

July 28 Philadelphia Inquirer

“After Monday’s win over Colorado, Jimmy Rollins limped to the Phillies’ clubhouse. He sat down at his locker but couldn’t go any farther. Reserve infielder Cody Ransom rolled Rollins on his chair into the trainer’s room for treatment.

On Tuesday, Rollins could hobble into the trainer’s room.

“That’s progress,” the shortstop said.

Rollins was out of Charlie Manuel’s lineup Tuesday with a bruised left foot. He could miss the next few games, Manuel said. X-rays taken after Monday’s game were negative.

The shortstop fouled a ball off the outside of his foot in the second inning of Monday’s game but stayed in for the remainder of the victory. It wasn’t until Rollins stopped putting pressure on the foot that the pain really started.

At that point, Rollins, who already has spent two stints on the disabled list, said he wondered if he had broken his foot.

“It’s like, ‘Dang, something else?’ ” Rollins said.

But Rollins is hoping for a quick return this time.

He said with treatment (and lots of Tylenol), the pain was significantly less severe Tuesday than it was Monday. He sat out batting practice and watched from the dugout.

If he makes as much progress overnight, Rollins said it’s possible he could play Wednesday against Arizona. If not, Thursday.

“It hurts pretty good,” Rollins said.

During the Phillies’ five-game winning streak, Rollins hit .364 (8 for 22) with five RBIs. In the 26 games before that, Rollins was hitting .181 (19 for 105). The Phillies were 12-14 in that span.

Tuesday marked just the second time all season that Manuel filled out a lineup card without both Rollins and Chase Utley.”

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