Rollins had batted leadoff for Manuel in 22 straight games before Monday, when Juan Pierre assumed the spot. Even as Rollins has failed to raise his batting average above .247 in May, he has remained at the top of Manuel's order.
"If I could find somebody [else] to put there, I might," Manuel said. He laughed. "I can count. I can see. I hope I can," he added.
Is there pride involved for Rollins, too?
"It's not tough," Manuel said, if a change were to be made. "He'd be very understandable of it."
In 185 plate appearances, Rollins has a .578 OPS, the worst for any player in baseball with as many times at bat. It's the worst 42-game start of his career.
Rollins signed a four-year, $38 million deal during the winter.
"He's a better hitter than a .220 hitter," Amaro said. "He's just had a slow start."
The manager agreed with that assessment.
"He's gotten off to slow starts before," Manuel said. "It's nothing new to him. He's going to have to pick it up for us. I think he will."
Worley sees doctor
Vance Worley requested a second opinion on his sore right elbow, so he saw noted orthopedist James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., on Monday.
Worley told The Inquirer on Sunday he had a bone chip in his elbow, which he believed was causing the trouble.
"He has a small body embedded in the lining of the capsule of his joint," Amaro said. "We don't think it's the reason why he had inflammation, but it's possible. This is something that's not very uncommon. But it could be the cause of some of the inflammation. We haven't heard from Andrews."
Worley said Sunday he expects to require offseason surgery to remove the bone chip.
Amaro said he remains in contact with Cole Hamels' agent, John Boggs.
Amaro disputed the notion a deal grows increasingly unlikely as free agency nears. "It's been pretty open," Amaro said. "We've kept it open. We haven't made any timelines."
The GM indicated he is weighing Hamels' status with the team's other 2013 openings - third base, center field and another rotation spot - created by free agency.
"He's one of the priorities," Amaro said.
The Phillies will have three injured pitchers see team physician Michael Ciccotti on Tuesday. Mike Stutes, David Herndon and Justin De Fratus have all been limited by injuries and each could receive clearance to throw Tuesday. . . . Jim Thome (back) could soon play in rehab games. Amaro believes Thome could join the club for its nine-game American League road trip that starts June 8.comm
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