Dobbs sent home, undergoing tests

Greg Dobbs might have earned a starting assignment as the designated hitter in Game 2 of the World Series, but an illness prevented him from even joining his teammates at the ballpark.

Dobbs has “the flu,” according to manager Charlie Manuel.

Any mention of the flu this year conjures fears of the H1N1 influenza, commonly known as the “swine flu.”   The Phillies were not yet in a position to rule out that diagnosis, said general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.--though they didn't know enough to be overly concerned, either.

Amaro told the Inquirer that Dobbs had left the team and returned to Philadelphia, and was undergoing tests to determine the exact nature of his illness.

“We sent him home because we didn’t want him contaminating the other guys,” Amaro said.  “It got to the point where he was too sick to function.”

The team did not yet know when Dobbs would be available again, and Manuel said he was not yet considering replacing him on the roster.