The Phillies are getting healthy again, and most notably, they could be setting the table with Jimmy Rollins and Placido Polanco as early as this weekend. (Getty)
The Phillies are hoping to hit the reset button as they start the second half. Rollins and Polanco have only hit No. 1 and 2 in the lineup 11 times, a tease considering how the tandem tore it up when the season first opened. Polanco is set to appear in a couple of rehab games and pending the outcome, could rejoin the Phillies Saturday in Chicago. Polly has taken batting practice and reported no ill effects from the left elbow inflammation that’s kept him out of the lineup since July 26. Meanwhile, the bullpen could be back at full strength shortly. Chad Durbin pitched two scoreless innings Monday in Clearwater, while Antonio Bastardo, for what it’s worth, struck out two in a scoreless inning. The absence of Durbin and Ryan Madson in particular didn’t cripple the team too badly, but over the last two weeks, the oil leaks had become more noticeable. Hoping to carry over some of the momentum of a four-game sweep of the Reds, the Phillies will open the second half in Chicago tomorrow night trailing the Braves by 4.5 games in the standings.