Rollins: Back No Problem

Jimmy Rollins, left, and Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter warm up before Team USA's game against the Phillies this afternoon. (Eric Mencher / Staff Photographer)

I caught up with Jimmy Rollins this morning as he was walking from the Team USA clubhouse at Bright House Field  to the Phillies clubhouse. The Phillies were apparently concerned enough about Rollins' back, which reported last night had bothered Rollins earlier this week, that they requested he visit the training staff and loosen up on the home side prior to their game against Team USA this afternoon. So that's what he did.

"They're a little timid," Rollins said.

But Rollins downplayed the situation, saying there was nothing serious to report about his health.

"It didn't bother me," Rollins said. "The whole area was just tight."

Rollins said he will be in the line-up today to face off against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick, who is making his second appearance of the spring.


Phillies catcher Chris Coste, battling a sore hamstring that has sidelined him for the past week, will start running today and hopes to be able to play again in three to four days.