TAMPA, Fla. -- With the United States eliminated from the World Baseball Classic after Friday night's loss to Puerto Rico, shortstop Jimmy Rollins will soon be back in Clearwater for the remainder of spring training with the Phillies.
Manager Charlie Manuel said he did not know exactly when Rollins was going to return, but he will be happy to have his entire team together for the closing weeks of camp.
"I mean, yeah, I wanted to see (the United States) do good, but I'm also looking forward to Jimmy coming back," Manuel said before the Phillies Grapefruit League game against the New York Yankees Saturday. "Getting him back the last couple weeks, that should help him and us."
Rollins made the final out in the United States' 4-3 loss to Puerto Rico, which eliminated the American team before they could reach the final round of play in San Francissaco. He was the last remaining Phillies player on a WBC roster. First-base coach Juan Samuel is still involved as the third-base coach for the Dominican Republic.