Jun 9, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has played in only 12 games this season and has served two different stints on the 15-day disabled list due to a pesky muscle strain in his right calf.
When healthy he’s been great, batting .341 with a .462 on-base percentage in 41 at-bats, but it’s hard to help a team in such a limited fashion. The Phillies trail the red-hot Braves by two games in the National League East standings and have only a slight edge over the Mets. The club needs offense, and hopefully Rollins will soon be able to provide it.
According to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the veteran shortstop is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment on Monday with Single-A Clearwater. That should put him about one week away from rejoining the Phillies’ starting lineup and providing his usual brand of offensive spark. For now, Juan Castro and Wilson Valdez will continue to handle shortstop duties.
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