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March 15, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Wite-Out covered Jimmy Rollins' name Tuesday morning on the Phillies' lineup card. Someone in the clubhouse called Rollins and told him not to drive to Orlando for the day's game against Atlanta. His presence was no longer mandated. The shortstop's name was missing from Wednesday's lineup, too, and he did not play Thursday. That marked three days on the bench for a healthy regular during the middle of spring training, something Rollins called "unusual. " His manager, Ryne Sandberg, disputed that notion.
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March 15, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - So Ryne Sandberg, in his first spring training as the Phillies' manager, has homed in on Jimmy Rollins as his first target to send a message. Sandberg held Rollins out of the starting lineup Thursday for the Phillies' 6-2 victory over the Yankees, the third consecutive game he had the shortstop watching from the dugout. The manager spent 10 minutes after the game denying that there was anything punitive about his benching Rollins, that he wanted to give a player with just 15 at-bats this spring "a break," but it sure was hard to interpret it as anything else.
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March 14, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
SARASOTA, Fla. - The chances of Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez's filling a much-needed rotation spot in April were dimmed by his drab spring performances. Gonzalez's immediate fate - a trip to the minors - was all but sealed Wednesday when he did not board a bus to Ed Smith Stadium with his Phillies teammates. The $12 million import from Cuba was scratched from his third scheduled Grapefruit League appearance because of right shoulder soreness. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Gonzalez could return this week.
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March 14, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - As of yesterday morning, when the lineup was posted in the clubhouse, Jimmy Rollins wasn't in for today's game in Clearwater against the New York Yankees. It would be the third straight day Rollins is out of the starting lineup. Rollins said he was healthy when he arrived to Bright House Field yesterday. He hit in the indoor cages and ran along the outfield track afterward. "No one has told me [anything about his health]," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said later in the morning.
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March 14, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Let's start with Dan Jennings. He is the new general manager of the Marlins, and he said something interesting the other day. This was in the Boston Globe, in a story about Marlins slugger and human trade rumor Giancarlo Stanton. In his first 4 years in the majors, the 24-year-old outfielder has developed a reputation for two things: pulverizing baseballs and spending time on the disabled list. In baseball circles, the latter is often treated as seriously as the former.
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March 14, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jimmy Rollins' 3-day hiatus from the starting lineup will come to an end this afternoon in Bradenton, Fla., when he is scheduled to bat second and play shortstop against the Pittsburgh Pirates. But yesterday, when his odd absence from the lineup was entering a third day, Rollins thought Ryne Sandberg was angry with him. And the manager juggled an excuse for resting the former MVP while also admitting there was an issue at hand, too. "Obviously he's upset about something," Rollins said shortly after arriving at the ballpark yesterday.
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March 12, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The game was nearly over as Domonic Brown found the chair in front of his locker stall, sat down and chucked his cleats aside. He was likely en route to joining Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley in the indoor cages. Even though they were subbed out of the lineup, the two longest-tenured Phillies players were not finished for the day. Instead, they were working up a new sweat, taking swings in the batting cage that sits under the infamous Tiki Bar at Bright House Field.
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March 11, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Guys like Jeff Manship inhabit a strange world in spring training. One side of the clubhouse shows the normal order of things, Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard and Chase Utley listening to music and watching television and eating breakfast together around a rectangular table. Another side bubbles with the immortality of youth, minor league teammates like Jesse Biddle and Maikel Franco and Aaron Altherr talking among themselves as they soak it all in, well aware that the exit papers jettisoning them to minor league camp could be signed any day, that their most consequential big-league camps are yet to come.
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March 7, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Freddie Freeman walked to home plate Wednesday with two outs in the third inning. Reid Brignac, the Phillies third baseman, jogged to the opposite side of the field. He positioned himself between second baseman Chase Utley and shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who occupied the center of the diamond. The Phillies employed a defensive shift, and Freeman responded by slapping a pitch to left field for a single. This was not a momentous occasion, although manager Ryne Sandberg later revealed that his team would adopt a practice common elsewhere in baseball.
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March 6, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Three days after Erik Kratz was traded from his hometown Phillies to the Toronto Blue Jays, the team that originally drafted him, he wondered about his vacation plans. "Wait a minute," Kratz recalled. "I said yes to the cruise thing. " The Phillies asked Kratz last summer to attend their annual fan trip with Domonic Brown and former players Tommy Greene and Greg Luzinski. But he was dealt to Toronto on Dec. 3 for reliever Brad Lincoln, a transaction that surprised Kratz.
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