Manuel downplays struggles by Rollins

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Jul 222010

July 22 Philadelphia Inquirer  

“More than once, Charlie Manuel has said it’s still like spring training for Jimmy Rollins. Since the Phillies shortstop returned from the disabled list for the second time June 22, he has had 105-at-bats.

So, when won’t it be spring training anymore?

“Jimmy, once he finds his swing, that’s when he gets consistent,” Manuel said. “Right now he’s having a hard time getting good balance and rhythm at the plate, being short and quick to the ball.”

In those 105 at-bats, Rollins is hitting under .200. Manuel finally moved him out of the leadoff spot Wednesday, bumping the shortstop to sixth. He had batted sixth once before this season.

Third baseman Placido Polanco replaced Rollins at the top of the order, batting leadoff for the first time in 2010.

Manuel said he isn’t concerned about Rollins. From the left side, he is rolling over the ball and popping it up too much, the manager said. He’s too quick on his front side.

“He knows what he’s doing,” Manuel said. “It’s just a matter of correcting it. Sometimes you know what you’re doing and it still takes some time to get your swing down.””

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