Sunday, December 21, 2014

Rollins headed for MRI, Werth OK

News regarding the two Phillies regulars who left today's game with injuries, some of it positive, some of it not. . .

Rollins headed for MRI, Werth OK

News regarding the two Phillies regulars who left today's game with injuries, some of it positive, some of it not. . .

First, Jayson Werth downplayed the hip injury that forced him from today's 7-4 win over the Nationals prior to the sixth inning. In his second at-bat, the right fielder felt the hip flexor on the left side of his torso pull a bit. He stayed in the games for a couple of innings, but pulled himself out after singling in the bottom of the fifth. Ben Francisco replaced him in right field. Werth said he'll get treatment tomorrow, and predicted that he would be fine in a couple of days.

Jimmy Rollins, on the other hand, is facing a far less certain future.

The short stop and leadoff hitter had left Citizens Bank Park by the time the clubhouse opened to the media, but various teammates who saw him indicated that he could miss a stretch of time. Nobody used the word "disabled list," but when you consider that calf injuries suffered by Shane Victorino and Greg Dobbs over the last two years ended in DL stints, and that the season is still young and the Phillies have little to gain by rushing Rollins back, it is a very real possibility.

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Victorino strained his calf on April 12, 2008 and went on the disabled list until April 29. He appeared in two games as a pinch hitter, then returned to the line-up on May 1, and performed very well for the rest of the season. Dobbs tried to play through his calf injury in September and October of 2008, but it hampered him throughout last year, finally resulting in a stint on the DL. It wasn't until this spring training that Dobbs was able to proclaim his calf healthy.

Keep in mind that every body is different, making it difficult to use either Victorino or Dobbs as a guidepost for what to expect out of Rollins. Dobbs said the short stop was obviously frustrated after the injury. But we won't know more until after he undergoes an MRI tomorrow.

David Murphy Daily News Staff Writer
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