Jimmy Rollins to miss at least ten days with hamstring injury


Sep 8, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins (11) slides safe into third base after hitting a triple during the fourth inning of a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies will be without shortstop Jimmy Rollins for at least ten days after he suffered a hamstring injury in Monday night’s loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Rollins tripled in the bottom of the fourth Monday night and scored the first run of the game when Ryan Howard drove him in.  The shortstop clearly felt something after digging for third and he was replaced by Freddy Galvis when the Phillies took the field in the fifth inning.

“It was just one of those things.  Reaching out for the bag and just felt it grab a little,” Rollins told MLB’s official website.  “I almost stopped.  I decided to keep going.  Think it was easier to keep going than it was to stop.”

Rollins is getting an ultrasound on Tuesday to determine the severity of the hamstring strain, but he’s hopeful that ten days will do the trick.

“Oh, there’s never a couple of days with hamstrings,” said Rollins.  “No matter if it’s a Grade 1 or what, you’re looking at 10 days.  So, just going off of that, hopefully I can get back somewhere around Oakland.”

Seeing as Rollins is 35-years-old its possible the Phillies will let him sit for the remainder of the 2014 season and split time between both Freddy Galvis and Cesar Hernandez.  Both Galvis and Hernandez played shortstop Monday after Rollins exited.

Andres Blanco could also be a potential fill-in for Rollins if Galvis and Hernandez should play second base as it is believed Chase Utley will get more rest in the final month of the season.

Monday’s triple was Rollins’ fourth of the season to compliment his 17 homers and .243 batting average.