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Rollins likely to miss a few days. . .plus some thoughts from Manuel on trades

Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is not in the lineup tonight against Arizona and likely will miss a few days with a bruised foot.

Rollins likely to miss a few days. . .plus some thoughts from Manuel on trades

Jimmy Rollins is out of the lineup tonight and could miss a few days with a foot injury. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Jimmy Rollins is out of the lineup tonight and could miss a few days with a foot injury. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins is not in the lineup tonight against Arizona and likely will miss a few days with a bruised foot.

Manager Charlie Manuel said Rollins' foot was really sore. He will not be put on the disabled list.

Rollins fouled an 0-1 pitch from Jason Hammel off the foot in the second inning Monday against Colorado.

Although he fell to the dirt in pain and spent several moments trying to walk it off, Rollins played the duration of the game. X-rays on the foot were negative.

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Wilson Valdez will play shortstop tonight, with Placido Polanco remaining at second base and Greg Dobbs at third.

Tonight's line-up:

  1. Shane Victorino CF
  2. Placido Polanco 2B
  3. Raul Ibanez LF
  4. Ryan Howard 1B
  5. Jayson Werth RF
  6. Greg Dobbs 3B
  7. Carlos Ruiz C
  8. Wilson Valdez SS
  9. Cole Hamels LHP

 ^

Charlie Manuel made it pretty clear that he is holding out hope for Roy Oswalt, even though he didn't actually use the veteran righthander's name. The Phillies have maintained trade discussions with the Astros, but a series of complicating factors would have to work themselves out before any deal is struck. Those issues include Oswalt's hefty price tag next year, the $16 million option that he wants picked up, and his no-trade clause, which enables him to block a move anywhere he doesn't want to play.

Regardless, the Phillies still have their sights set on Oswalt.

"I think if we would get the type of starter that we want, I think that you'd see that the top of our rotation would be very strong," Manuel said, "and going down the stretch and also if we get into the playoffs, that definitely comes into play big."

And if the Phillies can't get that type of starter, will they still need to trade for a pitcher who profiles more toward the bottom of the rotation?

"I don't want us to get some guy that we've already got, if that makes sense," Manuel said. "What would be the purpose of that?"

 

David Murphy Daily News Staff Writer
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