Rollins says he's okay; Victorino may be sore later

We members of the media caught up with Jimmy Rollins after he took batting practice for Team USA this morning, and he said not to worry, he feels fine. Reports yesterday had Rollins complaining of a sore back, but he said this morning, “it was my rib, not my back.” Apparently, he has periodically felt soreness in a rib towards the top of his back over the past few years. He tweaked it again last November, and it has acted up a bit this spring after he swung before stretching a few days ago. But he stressed that it is no big deal. He is leading off and playing shortstop for Team USA this afternoon.

“He’s fine,” said Team USA manager Davey Johnson. “If you watched the game (yesterday, when he played nine innings and hit a two-run double), you can tell he’s fine.”

In news that might be more alarming to Phillies fans, Rollins revealed that starter Kyle Kendrick plans to plant one of his sinkers in Team USA’s Shane Victorino’s “booty.”

Kendrick faces quite the lineup today—Rollins, Derek Jeter, David Wright, Chipper Jones and Dustin Pedroia, to name a few—so it will be challenging, but also will be a chance to impress as he continues his audition for the fifth starter spot.