In 2009, Rollins was one of three Phillies regulars who left camp to compete in the WBC, joining outfielder Shane Victorino and catcher Carlos Ruiz. Victorino, now with the Boston Red Sox, is on the American roster again this year.
Ruiz' Team Panama failed to qualify for this year's WBC, losing to Brazil in November.
When two popular top prospect lists were unveiled in the last month, Tommy Joseph wasn't snubbed. The 21-year-old catcher ranked third on Baseball America's list of the top 10 Phillies prospects and fifth on Baseball Prospectus' list.
Joseph, acquired in the July trade that sent Hunter Pence to San Francisco, hit .250 with three home runs in 28 games after joining Double A Reading late last season. In three minor league seasons, Joseph has hit .256 with a .308 OBP and 49 home runs in 352 games.
But scouts rave about his makeup and leadership, with some even likening him to Buster Posey.
"I've been with Posey the last 2 years in spring training so I definitely tried to be around him as much as I could to learn from him," Joseph said on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park, where the Phils held an orientation program for seven prospects. "He's the National League MVP for a reason. He handles that staff the right way. I got to learn a lot, got to pick his brain. That's a key as a catcher, to understand what you're doing back there and to know everything about your pitchers."
Unless a deal is reached beforehand, Antonio Bastardo and the Phillies will formally exchange arbitration figures today. Bastardo, 27, who struggled with consistency after a breakout 2011 season, will likely earn a salary just north of $1 million in 2013. Arbitration hearings begin Feb. 4 in Florida and Arizona.