Jimmy Rollins addressed the media a few minutes ago and explained that he decided to make the safe choice and not play tonight against the Mets. He will, however, be in uniform and will be available to pinch-hit against a right-handed pitcher if necesary.

"If it was game 155, I'd be medicated," Rollins said. "Heavily medicated, heavily taped."

That said, it's game nine, and the Phillies need their MVP short stop at full strength for the remainder of the season. He did say he will have the ankle, which he sprained in yesterday's win over the Mets, X-Rayed this evening to make sure there are no fractured bones.

Rollins was originally listed in the line-up and expected to play. But after working out on the field and talking with hitting coach Milt Thompson and Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, in town to broadcast the game on ESPN, he decided not to chance it.

"It's never been swollen it's just my mobility going left to right is pretty sore, and that's what my game is, especially defensively," Rollins said.

Rollins said he doesn't think the injury will linger. He said he hopes to play in the series finale against the Mets tomorrow night.

"It's just sore, it isn't anything more than that right now," Rollins said.

Rollins had made 230 consecutive starts, including all 162 last year.

"I want to go out there and play every day, but Joe Morgan and Milt said it. You go out there on a bad ankle you start getting some bad habits at the plate," said Rollins, who was 2-for-5 last night before injuring the ankle on the basepath in the eighth. "My swing feels pretty good right now so I don't want to start that."