Phillies Notes: Rollins finishing strong

YONG KIM / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Jimmy Rollins flips his bat after hitting his 199th career home run in the sixth inning.
YONG KIM / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Jimmy Rollins flips his bat after hitting his 199th career home run in the sixth inning.
Posted: September 21, 2013

It's been an up and down season for Jimmy Rollins, but the Phillies shortstop is finishing the year strong. Rollins entered Friday's game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park hitting .433 (13 for 30) with eight runs scored and six walks in his previous eight games.

Overall, he entered Friday batting .252 with 6 home runs, 38 RBIs, and 60 runs scored.

"I would love for my season to have gone better, but it kind of went along with what the team did," Rollins said before the game. "That is about all you can say about that."

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.

Stutes back

Reliever Michael Stutes, out since June 22 with right bicep tendinitis, was reinstated from the disabled list.

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