Rollins to return, hit third

Jimmy Rollins was examined by the team doctor today. He suffered a right calf strain in April. (AP Photo / Matt Slocum)

Jimmy Rollins is back, but not hitting in his conventional leadoff spot.

Rollins will hit third tonight against Pittsburgh in his first appearance of the season at Citizens Bank Park. He strained his calf before the home opener April 12 and has not played since.

Shane Victorino will remain in the leadoff spot tonight.

Chase Utley will not play tonight, so Placido Polanco will play second and hit second, followed by Rollins, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez.

Greg Dobbs will start at third and hit seventh, with Carlos Ruiz hitting eighth.

Rollins made one rehab appearance for Clearwater and spent a week in extended spring training before his return.

In order to make room for Rollins, the Phillies designated Wilson Valdez for assignment.