Here in the 21st century, the players tweet first and talk later.
And, so, after announcing via Twitter that he was headed for the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 2 groin strain, Phillies shortstop offered more than 140 characters about his injury before the Phillies opened a three-game series against the New York Mets Monday night at Citizens Bank Park.
Rollins said he suffered the injury to his right groin coming out of the batter’s box during his first at-bat of the game Sunday against Washington at Nationals Park.
“I went down in the tunnel and I tried to stretch it out,” Rollins said.
He remained in the game and batted again in the top of the second inning. Rollins said the pain was “a little bit worse” after that second at-bat and he decided enough was enough when he fielded a ground ball, spun and threw out Jesus Flores in the bottom of that inning.
“That was the final straw,” Rollins said. “That was when I was like, ‘OK,’ from this point on it can only get worse. I had to stretch and pivot on that play, so I figured there was no sense in making it a Grade 3. Now that would have been a concern. I thought it might be a Grade 1 and I didn’t think it was going to be a 2, but this morning I woke up and I was a little bit more sore, and I knew I wasn’t going to be able to play.”
Rollins is eligible to come off the disabled list Sept. 6 and is hoping he’ll be ready by that date. He said he cannot do anything until at least Thursday.
“I’ll be back September some time,” Rollins said. “When, I don’t know. Whenever, I come off I want to make sure I’m solid.”
He also said he believes he’ll be back in plenty of time to prepare for the postseason. A year ago, Rollins played in a career-low 88 games because of an assortment of injuries and was sidelined from Sept. 9 through 25 with a hamstring injury. He batted just .206 in the postseason.
Rollins went to the disabled list for the first time this season batting .268 with 22 doubles, one triple, 14 home runs, 79 runs scored and 28 steals in 35 attempts.
He was asked to give a self evaluation of his season so far.
“The season is still going,” Rollins said. “I’m not through. I’m having a good season – not great. It’s solid, definitely solid. Obviously a hundred runs would be great, but that’s probably not going to happen now. Twenty home runs and 30 (steals) is the minimum. I was going to try to push it to 40, but that’s not going to happen now. Other than that …”
Rollins, of course, is a free agent after this season and for one of the rare times this season he talked about his contract. Sort of.
“I think about it every day,” he said. “No. Not really. I’m worried about winning. There are too many other things going on now. Winning is always important. If it was a situation where we weren’t doing as well, then it would be a subject. But when you’re playing this well, there are so many other things to think about.”
Rollins said nothing is likely to happen concerning his contract until after the season and he’s fine with that.
The shortstop’s trip to the DL made room on the roster for Placido Polanco, who was activated from the disabled list after being out since Aug. 6 with a sports hernia. The Phillies’ projected starting four infielders of Polanco, Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard have only played 28 games together and only four times since the All-Star break.
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