Phillies' Rollins pulled from game with right-leg tightness

Jimmy Rollins left Saturday's game against the Mets with tightness in his right leg. (David Maialetti/Staff file photo)
Jimmy Rollins left Saturday's game against the Mets with tightness in his right leg. (David Maialetti/Staff file photo)
Posted: July 16, 2011

NEW YORK - Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he wanted to rest Jimmy Rollins for a couple of innings late in Saturday's 11-2 loss to the New York Mets.

Manuel also said Rollins had "tightness" in his right leg early in the game.

But Manuel said Rollins' health wasn't the reason he pulled the shortstop from the game.

Asked if he was OK, Rollins said: "Unfortunately, no." Moments later, Rollins also said he was "zero percent" concerned about his condition.

Rollins had two hits in the game. In the eighth inning, he bounced into a double play with the bases loaded and didn't appear to be running at full speed.

"I just wanted [Michael] Martinez to play short," Manuel said of the decision to remove Rollins from the game.

Rollins was on the disabled list twice last season with a right calf injury.

Interest in Cabrera

A baseball source said the Phillies have asked the Kansas City Royals about the availability of switch-hitting outfielder Melky Cabrera

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The 26-year-old Cabrera is having his best season with the Royals. He went into Saturday's game batting .293 with 23 doubles, 11 home runs, 52 RBIs, and 57 runs scored. He had also stolen 13 bases.

Equally attractive to the Phillies and anyone else interested in Cabrera is his $1.25 million contract and the fact that he is only salary-arbitration eligible and not a free agent after this season.

The Phillies have also been linked to Kansas City outfielder Jeff Francouer and third baseman Wilson Betemit, but the source said that they have only asked the Royals about Cabrera.

Amaro chimes in

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Saturday that he had "absolutely no problem" with the way Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee were used by San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy in Tuesday's All-Star Game.

"The All-Star Game is an important aspect of our game, and it is very significant that our league won the game," Amaro said. "I want to make sure that the public understands that. I did not feel like our guys were abused in any way. We were honored that our guys got to pitch one and two in that game."

Offering relief

Phillies fans have a unique opportunity to score memorabilia autographed by some of their favorite players while helping tornado victims in Alabama.

A batting-practice jersey signed by Roy Oswalt and a baseball bearing the autographs of each member of the Phils' opening-day starting rotation (Halladay, Lee, Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton, and Oswalt) are included in an online auction hosted by the Birmingham Barons at www.barons.com.

Bidding on the Phillies items is scheduled to close at 11 p.m. on Monday.

The Barons, the double-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, solicited donations from every major- and minor-league baseball team. The auction, which includes collectibles from other sports and the entertainment industry, cycles in new items every 10 days and will continue through the end of the season.

All proceeds benefit the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham Tornado Relief Fund.

This and that

The Phillies' Kyle Kendrick (4-4, 3.58) faces the Mets' Mike Pelfrey (5-8, 4.55) in Sunday's series finale. . . . The Mets scored 11 runs Saturday after scoring a total of 10 in their previous five games.


Contact staff writer Phil Anastasia at 856-779-3223, panastasia@phillynews.com, or @PhilAnastasia on Twitter.

Pete Schnatz and Inquirer staff writer Bob Brookover contributed to this article.

 

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