Phils place Rollins on DL, activate Polanco
Shortstop doesn't expect to be sidelined too long with groin strain
PHILADELPHIA -- Jimmy Rollins talked about his health and his future Monday at Citizens Bank Park.
He landed on the disabled list with a mild Grade 2 strain of his right groin. He does not think the injury is serious and he hopes to be back as early as Sept. 6, when he is eligible to be activated. But perhaps most important, he said he has no feeling of doubt like, "Oh, no, this could linger into October and affect the postseason."
"No, no, no," Rollins said. "Not even close. It's not that bad."
The Phillies activated Placido Polanco to take Rollins' place on the 25-man roster. Polanco had been on the DL with a sports hernia injury.
Rollins is hitting .268 with 22 doubles, one triple, 14 home runs, 58 RBIs, 28 stolen bases and a .743 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. His OPS ranks eighth among 21 qualifying shortstops in baseball. He has played well, which is important for a team trying to win the World Series. It's also important to him because he can become a free agent following the season.
"Good," said Rollins, when asked to describe his season. "I'm not through, but I'm having a good season. Not great. But solid. Definitely solid."
Rollins has spent his entire career in Philadelphia, but said he will not take a hometown discount to stay. The gut feeling by many is the Phillies will find a way to keep him. He has a strong relationship with Phillies president David Montgomery, and the Phillies have nobody in their system who is ready to step up and replace Rollins.
Rollins said the Phillies talked briefly with his agent about a contract extension in Spring Training, but things have been quiet lately.
"We said a long time ago we could do something early or after the season," he said. "We've got a whole year to play and I'm going to be who I am, regardless, and the numbers are going to be reflective of who I am in my career and go from there."
Rollins could get a bigger offer to play elsewhere, but the grass is not always greener. He knows that.
"That's always a tough decision," he said. "But it's a decision everybody has to live with. You play to win. After winning, you play to make a living. If you have a chance to become a free agent, that's your decision. We'll be talking. There's no question about it. It's not like they're just going to let me walk away scot-free. We'll all know when something happens. There's about a 99 percent chance it will happen after the season."
Asked if it would be tough to leave the Phillies, he said, "This is the only place I know. I don't know what it would be like. I've never really thought about leaving. [I] thought about what it'd be like playing with other teams when we weren't winning. But I don't think about that stuff anymore or even about leaving and what it'd be like. If I'm gone, then you could ask me that question, and I'll tell you."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.