Jul 272010

July 27 Camden Courier-Post

“Jimmy Rollins was limping noticeably throughout the game Monday after fouling a pitch off the inside of his left foot in the second inning, but X-rays were negative.

Rollins has a left foot bruise, according to the Phillies, and his condition will be re-evaluated today as the Phillies open a three-game set with Arizona at Citizens Bank Park. Rollins has battled injuries all season and has played in just 42 games. He’s hitting .244 on the year but had been hot in recent days, going 7-for-13 with 4 RBI in the first three games against the Rockies before going 0-for-5 Monday.

Bench warms up

Two months into the year, Phillies catcher Brian Schneider said few of his fellow role players had shaken much rust off their bats. The starters played often, and at-bats were rare for the guys on the bench.

In the past few weeks, however, playing time has been ample and the bats have come alive. Schneider’s two-run triple Monday keyed a Phillies rally to finish Colorado in a four-game sweep marked by contributions from the bench.

“We’re in a good part of the season now, 100 games into it, and guys are getting some at-bats underneath them,” Schneider said. “The bench guys, we’re feeling good because we’re getting enough at-bats. It just takes a little time to get some timing down.”

Greg Dobbs got the start at third on Monday and had two hits. Ross Gload, who had started just seven games all year, was in the starting lineup twice in this series, providing a two-run homer Friday. Ben Francisco got the start in left Sunday and homered, too.

“They’ve been getting to play more,” manager Charlie Manuel said. “I played them earlier when we weren’t hitting the ball, and those at-bats they got then are starting to pay off. It’s encouraging when they come to the ballpark and know they’ve got a chance to play.”

Move it on over

For the third straight game Monday, Placido Polanco started at second base. It’s not a perfect plan, Manuel said, but with Chase Utley still a few weeks away from his return, Polanco’s move to second allows another bat into the lineup by opening up playing time for Greg Dobbs and Cody Ransom at third.”

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