NEW YORK - Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins left today's game in the eighth inning against the Mets with a sprained left ankle but said he hopes to play tomorrow.

"I could have stayed in the game, but that would not have made sense," Rollins said. "It wouldn't have been the right thing to do to help our team win."

Rollins said he felt something pop after he slid back awkwardly to second base on a pickoff attempt.

Rollins, who earlier in the inning had an RBI single, scored on a Chase Utley double in the Phillies' 5-2 victory.

He was limping as he came off the field and returned to the Phillies' clubhouse after the inning with trainer Scott Sheridan.

Rollins said he plans to stay off the ankle tonight and will see how the ankle feels tomorrow.

He was only limping slightly in the clubhouse after the game.

Rollins was making his 230th consecutive start.

Eric Bruntlett replaced Rollins at shortstop. *