Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. believes it will take 2-to-4 weeks for shortstop Jimmy Rollins to recover from a strained right calf. Amaro called it a "mild to moderate strain."
Beerleaguer: The timetable is somewhat encouraging, but I would be shocked if it doesn't take Rollins the better part of the summer to get his legs all the way back under him based on how long its taken teammates who've had this same injury. It's good that he's off his feet sooner rather than later, and with the Phillies expected to make another strong run at the World Series, this needs to be handled with care. It's my understanding that there's a very high risk of reinjury if you push it. A Grade 1/2 strain means there could be partial tearing, and I understand Rollins had some muscle bleeding. It's just unbelievable to me considering it was sustained during innocuous warm-up drills. It’s a crying shame, too, since J-Roll came out like a house of fire to begin the ’10 campaign. Offensively, they'll endure, but the lineup will immediately feel weaker 7-8-9 with Victorino likely to slide up. The defense is where they'll take the biggest hit. Wilson Valdez, whose contract will be purchased, started 23 games at short with the Mets in place of Jose Reyes last season. A veteran of parts of four Major League seasons, he was 10-for-22 with Lehigh Valley. The Phillies like him, but Juan Castro, who does not have the range he once did, and Shane Victorino, still adapting to the No. 7 spot, will be the ones to replace J-Roll at short and in the lead-off spot, respectively.
Update: The Phillies released an official statement: “We believe it to be a mild to moderate strain and we’re hopeful it will be a two-to-four week recovery,” said Amaro. “As in all of our injuries, precautions will be taken so that Jimmy is 100% when he returns to the field.”
Game chat: Let's keep it here since this news figures to dominate the discussion. Craig Stammen and Kyle Kendrick duel tonight at 7:05. Meh.