Interim manager Ryne Sandberg said that he has been encouraged by Rollins' recent approach at the plate. In his 15 September games before Friday, Rollins had an .890 slugging-plus-on-base percentage.
"I see a different mind-set as far as hitting line drives and using the whole field, and he is having success with that," Sandberg said.
Rollins, who turns 35 in November, said he has been encouraged by the number of young players who have made contributions and he feels it bodes well for next year.
"We have some talented guys who like to play and play hard and that is what you look for," he said. "And you like guys who bring that hustle along with that talent, and that is what we have seen."
The Phillies appear to have taken a more serious approach under Sandberg than under former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, but Rollins disputes the theory.
"Charlie and Ryne are different personalities," said Rollins, who entered Friday with 199 career home runs. "Just because one is smiling more and one is smiling less doesn't mean one is less serious. It's just the appearance."
KK shut down
Sandberg announced before the game that Kyle Kendrick will be shut down for the season. Kendrick had been encouraged after a recent MRI revealed he had nothing more serious than rotator cuff tendinitis and some slight fraying.
He went to seek a second opinion with Mets team physician David Altchek on Thursday.
"He got a second opinion and that is the route that everybody is going in," Sandberg said about shutting Kendrick down.
Kendrick, who is eligible for arbitration this winter, pitched a career high 182 innings but he had a 6.91 second-half ERA. He finished 10-13 with a 4.70 ERA. Opposing batters hit .285 against him.
Zach Miner will take Kendrick's place in the rotation.
Reliever Michael Stutes, out since June 22 with right bicep tendinitis, was reinstated from the disabled list.
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