Jimmy Rollins ranged to his left and was able to field the ground ball off the bat of Ian Desmond in the 5th inning of Sunday's game and was throw to first base, too -- but the ball arrived a nano-second late (as video replay confirmed).
After the inning was over, however, Rollins hobbled to the dugout and had a few words with manager Ryne Sandberg and head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan. He felt something in his right groin, but remained in the game.
On Monday, Rollins was out of the starting lineup.
"I can play," Rollins said. "I'm just taking a day."
Rollins does not want to risk injuring the groin worse. Sandberg, meanwhile, said Rollins was available to play off the bench.
And Sandberg has no concerns whatsoever with Rollins' groin ailment.
"None," Sandberg said. "Just felt a very little, small thing that he played through. He reported fine. It’d be smart to get him off his feet today. Also allows Freddy (Galvis) to get in there and play a game at short."
Galvis, who has one hit in his last 31 at-bats, is also in Rollins place in the batting order, hitting second. Perhaps Ryno wanted to put Galvis into a spot in the lineup where he would see better pitches, with Chase Utley behind him?
"Yeah, put him in a situational game type of situation," Sandberg said. "He’s a good runner, maybe lay down a bunt. He’s also a base runner. We’ve been good at having guys get on base at the top of the order. It’s been a real good thing for us the last couple weeks, so we’ll look to him to do the same."
Sandberg decided to go with a righthanded-heavy lineup against Toronto lefty (and former Phillies pitcher) J.A. Happ.
PHILLIES lineup vs. BLUE JAYS
1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Chase Utley, 2B
4. Marlon Byrd, RF
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Carlos Ruiz, C
7. John Mayberry Jr., LF
8. Jayson Nix, 3B
9. Kyle Kendrick, P
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