Amaro: Rollins remains candidate for DL

Despite a positive physical examination, Jimmy Rollins still has deep bruising on his right patella. (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)

An MRI on Jimmy Rollins' right knee revealed a deep bone bruise and Ruben Amaro Jr. said the Phillies will decide in the next 24 to 48 hours whether their shortstop needs to go on the disabled list.

Rollins scoffed at the idea.

"If I go on the DL, it's purely because they made a bad decision," Rollins said. "You can write that."

Amaro said Rollins was feeling better from Sunday to Monday. But the MRI showed bruising on both his patella and another bone near his right kneecap.


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"He got himself pretty good," Amaro said.

In a strange twist, Rollins said he has Kenny Lofton to thank for not being injured more seriously. When Lofton was with the Phillies in 2005, he suggested Rollins wear knee pads for sliding head first. Rollins said the foul ball hit him square on the knee pad.

"Without the pad, something might have been fractured," Rollins said.

Rollins said he did some throwing drills on the field Tuesday and plans to run on a treadmill during the game. He expects to take full batting practice Wednesday.

"We'll see how he reacts," Amaro said.

If Rollins has to go on the disabled list, Pete Orr is a likely candidate to be recalled for infield depth. Charlie Manuel said he plans on resting Chase Utley on Wednesday, so that means the middle infield will likely be Wilson Valdez and Michael Martinez.


Brad Lidge was examined by team physician Michael Ciccotti and no serious damage was found in his elbow. Lidge called it a normal "flare up" he's used to experiencing in spring training. So he was given a cortisone shot. (A Twitter follower joked that Lidge is more cortisone than man now, and that might not be far from the truth.)

Lidge is still looking at a best-case scenario of returning around the All-Star Break. He, of course, said it would be "ridiculous" for him to be the team's closer with Ryan Madson doing so well.


Brian Schneider (strained left hamstring) will return to Philadelphia for an examination this weekend. He could begin a rehab assignment early next week.

Amaro did not have a date for Joe Blanton (right elbow inflammation) to begin a throwing program. He said the righthander must return to Philadelphia for an exam before he is cleared. Blanton is working out in Clearwater.

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