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Rollins leaves, could miss Chicago series

Jimmy Rollins left the Phillies on Wednesday in Arlington to fly home to be with his wife, who is about to give birth to the couple's second child. Meanwhile, Cole Hamels will begin his official rehab assignment this weekend.

Rollins leaves, could miss Chicago series

Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Jimmy Rollins traveled on his own to Texas this weekend, as veteran players are allowed to do on off days in the never-ending baseball schedule.

Rollins thought it made more sense to stick in Philly for an extra day in the event that his pregnant wife went into labor. On Sunday afternoon, he saw the baby's arrival wasn't imminent, so he booked a Sunday night flight to Dallas and was in the lineup on Opening Day on Monday.

Two days later, the baby's arrival appears to be imminent. 

Rollins left the team on Wednesday afternoon and newcomer Jayson Nix was penciled into the starting lineup for the second straight day. Nix, who started at third base on Tuesday, was in Rollins' place at shortstop on Wednesday.

With Thursday's day off in the schedule, the Phillies will not make a roster move until Friday. Rollins will likely be placed on the paternity list then, where he can stay for between one and three days.

He may may miss the entirety of the Phillies three-game series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, which begins on Friday.

"That could go either way," manager Ryne Sandberg said of the possibility of Rollins being out for the weekend. "It’s yet to be seen, when the baby is delivered - we’ll go from there."

Nix has impressed Sandberg in his first two days with the team and isn't without shortstop experience: he started 41 games at shortstop in place of the injured Derek Jeter while with the New York Yankees last season.

When the Phillies make a roster move, Cameron Rupp would likely be the addition, since he's the only position player on the 40-man roster with big league experience. Rupp would likely be used a strictly as a righthanded-hitting pinch hitter.

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Cole Hamels (biceps tendinitis, fatigue) will begin his official rehab assignment this Sunday for Class A Clearwater.

Hamels threw into the fourth inning of an intrasquad exhibition game between Clearwater and Low-A Lakewood on Tuesday night at Bright House Field in Clearwater. Hamels is likely to rejoin the rotation in late April, as long as he doesn't have a setback in the next three weeks.

Mike Adams (shoulder surgery) will begin his own official rehab assignment at Class A Clearwater on Thursday.

Freddy Galvis (infection) began baseball activities on Monday. He is slated to begin playing in extended spring training games this Sunday. Galvis could rejoin the Phillies during their upcoming 10-day homestand.

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