Injured Rollins still day-to-day

 Posted by at 11:24 am
Sep 142010

Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins

September 14 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“An MRI exam on Jimmy Rollins’ balky right hamstring on Monday revealed, well, nothing. The Phillies are right back to where they’ve been with their injured shortstop: He’s day-to-day.

No tear or structural damage was shown in the exam. Rollins has a mild sprain of the hamstring and will rejoin the team Tuesday in Florida. What, exactly, he will be able to do when he arrives is still a matter of debate.

“He could be able to pinch-hit from the left side,” Charlie Manuel said. “I don’t know about the right side.”

What about actually starting a game?

“He’ll be day-to-day according to what they say,” Manuel said.

So this is good news, right?

“I guess,” Manuel said. “I don’t know what I’m going to do about it.”

The answer is not much. The Phillies will remain cautious with their shortstop, and with good reason. He already missed 56 games with a strained right calf. A bruised left foot bothered him later in the season.

Rollins had reported progress over the weekend in New York, but there wasn’t enough, so an MRI was warranted.

“They just wanted to make sure that it wasn’t torn or completely pulled,” Manuel said.

And that definitely represents good news. The muscle that Rollins has injured is the semitendinosus, one of the three muscles that make up the hamstring.

So for now, Wilson Valdez remains the starting shortstop in a pennant race.

“I don’t know where we’d be if he didn’t do what he’s done,” Manuel said.”

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