On Wednesday, the news on Jimmy Rollins was what everyone expected. The Phillies shortstop was placed on the 15 day disabled list and will miss two to four weeks. An MRI revealed that Rollins has a Grade 1/Grade 2 strain of the right calf. This is certainly not a good thing for the Phillies leadoff hitter, but it is not the end of the world. It’s good news that this happened in April rather than in October. Rollins can take his time returning to the lineup. This type of injury is one that can linger throughout the entire season. The Phillies must make sure that Rollins is completely healthy before he returns to the lineup. This injury is a shame because Rollins was hitting .391 so far this season. He was also more patient at the plate, which hasn’t been the case throughout most of his career. Infielder Wilson Valdez was recalled from AAA Lehigh Valley to take Rollins’ roster spot.
Juan Castro will take Rollins’ spot in the starting lineup. Castro was 1-for-4 in Monday’s home opener with an RBI double. Castro replaced Eric Bruntlett this offseason as the Phillies utility man. Castro is a career .230 hitter and has been on many major league teams. He has tons of major league experience and can easily step in for Rollins. Castro is a decent fielder that won’t kill the Phillies in the lineup. Castro won’t kill the Phillies because their lineup hits so well as it is. Plus, Castro will be hitting at the bottom of the lineup for most games. It’s only a few weeks without Rollins, so it’s clearly not the end of the world. For tonight’s game, Shane Victorino will be leading off and Castro will be batting seventh. Also, Jayson Werth is out of the lineup and Greg Dobbs will get the start in right field. Werth is available to pinch hit in tonight’s game.