Jimmy Rollins has been benched by Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg and it’s left the former All-Star shortstop puzzled because Sandberg has yet to explain why he is taking a seat on the bench.
“Obviously he’s upset about something,” Rollins said in reference to Sandberg. “That doesn’t mean it’s over the course of spring training, it could have been one specific incident. But he’s upset about it. That’s something when he’s ready, he’ll let me know.”
Rollins has been out of the lineup for the past four games and that timing coincides with comments Rollins made to the Philadelphia Daily News when he said spring training games don’t matter and said “who cares” when asked about the offensive ineptitude the club has experienced thus far.
Freddy Galvis replaced Rollins in the lineup and at short which prompted praise from the former Hall of Fame second baseman turned manager about his positive attitude and the energy he brings to the park.
It’s easy to connect the dots here to see that Rollins’ comments rubbed Sandberg the wrong way, and if Rollins thinks these games don’t matter, then it shouldn’t be a big deal that he’s not playing.