MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — An MRI on Jimmy Rollins' bulky right hamstring revealed, well, nothing. The Phillies are right back to where they've been with their injured shortstop: He's day to day.
No tear or structural damage was shown in the exam. Rollins has a mild sprain of the hamstring and will rejoin the team here Tuesday. What, exactly, he will be able to do when he arrives is still a matter of debate.
"He could be able to pinch hit from the left side," Charlie Manuel said. "I don’t know about the right side."
What about actually starting a game?
"He'll be day to day according to what they say," Manuel said.
So this is good news, right?
"I guess," Manuel said. "I don’t know what I’m going to do about it."
The answer is not much. The Phillies will remain cautious with their shortstop and with good reason.
He already missed 56 games with a strained right calf. A bruised left foot bothered him later in the season.
Rollins had reported progress over the weekend in New York, but there wasn't enough, so an MRI was warranted.
"They just wanted to make sure that it wasn't torn or completely pulled," Manuel said.
And that definitely represents good news. The actual muscle that Rollins has injured is the semitendinosus, one of the three muscles that make up the hamstring.
So for now, Wilson Valdez remains the starting shortstop in a pennant race.
"I don’t know where we’d be if he didn’t do what he’s done," Manuel said.