No Utley or Rollins for first exhibition

022311-rollins-400
Jimmy Rollins will not play against Florida State tomorrow. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Every Phillies regular will make an appearance (likely brief) in Thursday's exhibition opener against Florida State University except for Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins.

Utley is a little sore after initial workouts, Charlie Manuel said, and he wants to lay off Utley somewhat in spring training. So he will not play and could also skip out on this weekend's Grapefruit League home-and-home with the Yankees.

Rollins has been excused from camp Thursday and Friday to go to Washington for an event at the White House.

Manuel said he will start Pete Orr at second base and Wilson Valdez at shortstop.

Ben Francisco will be the designated hitter and Domonic Brown will play right field.

Florida State, by the way, is ranked eighth in the nation. The Seminoles are 4-0 with victories against Virginia Military Academy and Jacksonville University.


Have a question? Send it to Matt Gelb's Mailbag.

Download our NEW iPhone/Android app for easy access to all of our Phillies coverage, plus app-exclusive videos and analysis. Get it here.

Continue Reading