Shortstop Jimmy Rollins sprained his ankle April 8, but was used just yesterday as a pinch hitter. Chris Snelling has also been placed on the DL. As for their replacements, you don't even want to know.
Beerleaguer: Nice feather in the cap for the training staff, front office or whoever is responsible for advising on the latest in a growing list of blunders regarding the health of a player.
To make matters worse, the Phils have replaced Rollins with Double-A infielder Brad Harman, who was hitting just .222. They also placed Chris Snelling on the disabled list with left knee inflammation, replacing him with 28-year-old outfielder T.J. Bohn, a tall, athletic type who looks like he should be able to hit, but can’t. He was hitting .190 for Lehigh Valley. Both Bohn and Harman were conveniently on the 40-man roster for some reason. I'm glad this worked out well for the Phils, aren't you?
Without Rollins, it sets them back for the rest of the month. When it's all said, he'll basically miss a month total, having suffered the injury April 8. Shortstop takes a hit. The top of the lineup takes a hit. Snelling, who’s always hurt, probably played his final game in Philadelphia. Let's be honest about that. Plus, two strange call-ups with no chance of helping the club. There's a logical explanation somewhere, right? Meanwhile, Kenny Lofton is only a phone call away.
The Phils are having quite an afternoon, and are well on their way to another spectacular April. They try to avoid being swept at home tonight. Don’t count on it.