At first glance you might not be impressed with the Philadelphia Phillies’ roster. That would also be true at second glance, third glance, and probably fourth glance.
Even with that being the case, the Phillies are hanging tough so far with a 15-15 record. Among the reasons for their success has been the contributions of veteran players many had left as washed up. Shortstop Jimmy Rollins is one example, batting .271/.345/.421 after a tumultuous spring training.
On the injury news front, the Phillies will be without Rollins for a few days this week with a groin injury. Per Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly:
Rollins felt some discomfort in his right groin muscle on Sunday and did not start Monday night.
‘He still has something there,’ manager Ryne Sandberg said after Rollins was officially ruled a no-go for Tuesday. ‘He needs another day. It’s a day-to-day thing.’
In an especially odd twist of the standings in the first month or so of the 2014 season, a 15-15 record still puts the Phillies in the bottom of the crowded NL East. They will hope that a couple days of rest will be enough to get Rollins back as they try to hang in what has so far been a surprisingly stingy division.