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Jimmy Rollins placed on disabled list with strained groin

Aug 22, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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Jimmy Rollins, who left yesterday’s game with a strained groin, just announced via Twitter that he’s headed for the disabled list.

According to Rollins’ tweet he’s been diagnosed with a mild, Grade 2 strain, which means he might be able to return from the DL when eligible in early September.

Philadelphia leads the NL East by 6.5 games and is also 6.5 games up on both Milwaukee and Atlanta for the NL’s best record, so the Phillies can certainly afford to play it safe with his recovery timetable while Wilson Valdez fills in at shortstop.

  1. randall351 - Aug 22, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    I wonder what the quota is for Phillies posts per day?

    • Utley's Hair - Aug 22, 2011 at 2:21 PM

      As many as it takes to cover relevant news for the day, I guess. Don’t you think so?

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 22, 2011 at 2:31 PM

        I don’t understand why people have this fascination with how many Phillies posts or threads there are. There are 20 to 30 other threads on other teams every day to comment on. Why keep on complaining on our threads when you can post a comment on your own team’s thread and discuss your own team with similar fans?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 22, 2011 at 2:34 PM

        Very true ‘Bicepts. Also, in case people haven’t noticed, Phillies threads generally rack up the hits and comments. It’s what the readers want.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 22, 2011 at 2:38 PM

        Yeah, Doctor. I also generally prefer to discuss Phillies baseball with other Phillies baseball fans as this point through experience. I find it a more fruitful discussion as both of us are watching the same team everynight. It seems when I try to discuss with a fan of another team, it turns into a bad argument. For me, it’s better to stick with like fans as opposed to arguing with someone. Does no one any good.

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 22, 2011 at 2:49 PM

        I don’t even consider the threads as belonging to any team in particular. They’re threads with some sort of news covered in them. There’s no rule about what threads you are or are not allowed to comment on. However, if it mentions certain teams, naturally it bumps up the number of hits and comments.

        Unfortunately, it also gives people who just need to b!tch about something exactly that. With few exceptions, the title on the link generally gives away the topic of the thread—if you aren’t interested in the topic, nobody is forcing you to click on the link, read the post, sign in if you haven’t already, formulate and type up a comment and then click on post, if not even hit tab first. There are God only knows how many posts on HBT every day. There are bound to be at least one or two related to teams relevant to anybody reading the blog, regardless of the number of posts on the Phillies, Yankees, Red Sox, Twins, Dodgers, or whichever.

        Ya know, as I am typing this, there are three posts on the Phillies, though one is about the Nats manager’s comments on the Phans. And horror of horrors, there are two on the Dodgers!!! And neither of them are about the McCourts, either.

    • FC - Aug 22, 2011 at 2:36 PM

      WE ARE THE PHORG. RESISTANCE IS FUTILE. YOU WILL BE ASSIMILATED. PREPARE FOR INGESTION OF MASS QUANTITIES OF PHILLY CHEESESTAKES.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 22, 2011 at 2:38 PM

        And Tasty Kakes.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 22, 2011 at 2:41 PM

        Does Charlie Manuel = Capt. Jean Luc Pichard and Roy Halladay = Commander Data?

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 22, 2011 at 2:50 PM

        Mmmm…Kandy Kakes…D’OH!!!!

      • Jonny 5 - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:05 PM

        Ut, have you tried the dark chocolate covered peanut butter Kandy Kakes yet??

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:10 PM

        Jonny, I haven’t even seen them. I am partial to the chocolate Kandy Kakes, though. They’re especially good out of the fridge or freezer.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:14 PM

        I’m partial to the Tastykake Chocolate Eclairs myself, although I hate they they put less chocolate on top now with their fancy little packing with the foil tray. Bleh…give me the old style anytime!!!

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 22, 2011 at 4:44 PM

        Chris, don’t tell Jonny, but I like the strawberry pies they have out in the beginning of the summer, too.

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 22, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Good job breaking the story ‘Bicepts. You were right on top of it. Hopefully Polanco can be somewhat productive to help mitigate the loss.

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 22, 2011 at 2:28 PM

      Well, I try to stay as plugged in as possible as I work from home today, via internet alerts and radio media.

      I hope you are right about Polanco. I hope his back will allow him to hit the ball out of the infield, unlike what he has done this year so far.

  3. randall351 - Aug 22, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    I just love how easy it is to get you guys all riled up. It’s usually far more entertaining then the actual posts themselves. It’s one of the few things I can always count on and it always brings a smile to my face.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 22, 2011 at 2:41 PM

      Who is getting riled up? You misinterpret discussion with getting riled up. Furthermore, intentionally winding up a particular fan base for entertainment purposes is pretty much the definition of a troll or as I like to say a wind-up merchant or WUM.

      • randall351 - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:23 PM

        http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/riled

        It’s obvious that you are irritated by my post, which is the dictionary definition of riled, and I guess if anyone would know about being a troll it would definitely be you, so I’ll have to yield to your expertise on that.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:28 PM

        drmonkeyarmy a troll? Are you joking? All he does is talk baseball on this site. And who are you again? Never saw you comment on this site before.

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:37 PM

        Dr Primate, don’t even bother replying to him again. It’s just giving him an inflated sense of self worth.

  4. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 22, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Valdez and Martinez are fine backups and I hope they don’t rush Jimmy back. I’m hoping he comes back into the lineup around the 20th of September to get in a week of play before the real season begins. Rollins could probably use the rest anyway, although I hope it doesn’t linger into October.

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 22, 2011 at 2:51 PM

      Rollins said that he felt the groin pull on his first AB yesterday, but aggravated it further when he made the spin move in the field later in the game on the throw to 1st.

      Valdez and Martinez are OK backups, but not even close to the type of player Rollins is. But, they are serviceable and will not hurt them in the field.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 22, 2011 at 2:53 PM

        I agree. And that’s the thing…the Phillies are more of a defense oriented team than offense right now, so to sacrifice a little offense isn’t such a bad thing as long as the defense behind this historic pitching staff isn’t hurt.

        So all things being equal, I’d rather be rooting for Philadelphia.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 22, 2011 at 2:57 PM

        Agreed. Great defense + great pitching wins. And the Phillies have an abundance of both.

        Valdez and Martinez even suprise with the bats every once in awhile.

  5. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 22, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Also, when September call-ups start we can get a look at young Freddy Galvis who is hitting something like .320 since his promotion to the Iron Pigs.

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:00 PM

      I’m glad you brought up Freddy Galvis. I just read a piece on him today. Not sure he will be brought up, though. One of the Phillies scout was quoted that he still thinks Galvis still needs another 200 to 400 bats in the minors before he’s MLB ready. I’m thinking another full year in AAA would do him good.

      Remember, he’s still only 21.

  6. Jonny 5 - Aug 22, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    How many double plays will Wilson Valdez hit into until Rollins gets back? Any bets?

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:01 PM

      6.

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:03 PM

        Six? I thought Rollins had to be out at least 15 days…? :P

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:04 PM

        teen

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:08 PM

        Chris,
        Did you mean 10 or something in the teens? I think an over/under of 8 would be a good wager.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:10 PM

        I meant bicept’s post of 6…+ the word teen…or 16. Didn’t expect UH to post in between

      • FC - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:18 PM

        He’s averaging 1 per 10 games, though some of those he came in as a substitute, let’s say 3.

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:21 PM

        I like to surprise people and stick my comments where you least expect them.

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:08 PM

      Actually, this is a question best answered by a Sabermatician, since they can also see into the future due to their brilliance. I’m sure one of them will pop up sooner or later, as they usually do to provide their incite and tell us how stupid we are.

      • jjschiller - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:45 PM

        STOP COUNTING! NUMBERS HURTS MY BRANE!

  7. Jonny 5 - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Chris wins!!! 16 is the magic number I expect to see. Although I won’t be shocked to see him hit 20 or more.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:12 PM

      Assuming Chooch continues his torrid pace…the guy is getting on base at a 40% clip since July 1, then there should be PLENTY of chances for Wilson to roll over on an inside fast ball and ground into DP after DP. As long as he brings his glove every night, it will be OK with me.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:15 PM

        Valdez at bat + runner on 1st = kiss of death.

        See, I’m starting to embrace Sabermetrics now. What do you think? Am I progressing?

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:19 PM

        Yes, Valdez’s VaDP, which coincidentally is named after him, is 75%, which means that 3 of 4 times he comes up with a man on first and less than 2 outs, he grounds into a double play. Of course, recently, he has been mashing that 4th time up, but it’s a small sample size. Besides, we really wouldn’t want him to become an RBI Hog now would we? :)

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:23 PM

        But the opposing team is lucky that there is somebody on base so he can pile up those GIDPs…or something.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:25 PM

        Chis, hahahahahahaha!!! I just cracked open up my first beer as I’m home today and I almost spit out my beer with that one. The VaDP stat. I love it!!!

    • FC - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:20 PM

      Well that’s kind of an exaggeration, he had precisely 20 all of last year. He would have to really stink up the place to hit into 20 GDP.

      • Jonny 5 - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:30 PM

        Dang, you busted me! I do exaggerate at times, but in proper context, that 20 GDP’s is half of what J-roll gets for 5x as many plate appearances.. give or take some.

      • Jonny 5 - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:59 PM

        EDIT**

        Dang, you busted me! I do exaggerate at times, but in proper context, that 20 GDP’s is double of what J-roll gets in 5x as many plate appearances.. give or take some.

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 22, 2011 at 4:16 PM

        Jonny, did you just spew italics all over the place?

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 22, 2011 at 4:18 PM

        Aw, damn…those italicky posts last week were pretty funny.

      • Jonny 5 - Aug 22, 2011 at 4:25 PM

        mmm hmmmm.

  8. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Anybody else notice that the Ryan Howard thread is STILL going up. I know the dr said something about it the other day…but it is up to 346 now. I hope Craig gave himself a gold star for creating that much excitement with one simple blog post…there’s almost more in there than the next 3 posts combined!!!!

    • halladaysbiceps - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:30 PM

      I saw that too. There are Saber guys over there talking to themselves, not even having a discussion with anyone. They just keep putting up Saber stats to prove that Howard stinks.

      Hahahahahahahaahahah!!!!

    • Utley's Hair - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:41 PM

      I’ve noticed that for the last few days. Maybe dirtyharry or cup0pizza are making stupid comments over there to give themselves the last word. dirtyharry has been known to comment on things weeks after the discussion is over.

      • halladaysbiceps - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:47 PM

        I noticed in the last couple of weeks that someone has been thumbing down whatever comment I make. It could be completely about the Phillies, all the fans are talking about baseball and nobody has a thumbs up/thumbs down except me. It’s pretty sad, really. I figure it’s either pizza or harry. But whoever, they are, they are sad people.

      • Jonny 5 - Aug 22, 2011 at 3:56 PM

        I just thumb downed you for noticing you were thumb downed, so there’s that….. :P

        I have never cared about the stat known as Thumb U/D ratio. It’s meaningless so act like it’s not there.

    • FC - Aug 22, 2011 at 4:20 PM

      It is? But, who could possibly be posting in there? It’s not Phillies fans, we’re all here.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 22, 2011 at 4:29 PM

        At the end, there are new Phillies fans coming to the site and signing up just to rip all the sabremetric guys. And phillyphreak is still there answering the trolls.

      • FC - Aug 22, 2011 at 5:09 PM

        Phreak still there? Tell him to quit goofing around with trolls and contribute to the latest posts! I thought he was in the “Howard is overrated as a run producer” camp. I mean he doesn’t rip Howard but my impression was that he felt it’s too much money for the performance.

      • Utley's Hair - Aug 22, 2011 at 6:04 PM

        Maybe he likes trolls. Soaked in a nice beer and salty-sweet marinade, they might not be half bad.

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