returned to the Phillies' lineup last night against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field, which should have surprised nobody.
made his point, and Rollins learned his lesson.
Manuel benched Rollins on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park after he failed to run out a pop fly in the third inning of a 5-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Rollins took responsibility for his actions afterward when he said: "It's my fault. I can't get mad at him. That's like breaking the law and getting mad when the police show up. You can't do that."
"We don't need to talk about it anymore," Manuel said, "but I'll just say this: Jimmy has always stood up. He's a stand-up guy, and that's what makes him a leader. He always plays the game hard. He's a big part of what we're trying to do. He won a MVP last year. He's a great player on our team. He's a big part of it."
Rollins said Manuel has two rules: Be on time and hustle.
Rollins broke rule No. 2.
"I've had those two rules ever since I've been coaching and managing," Manuel said. "That's actually kind of my pet peeve. Since a couple years ago when we made all those moves at the [July 31 trade] deadline, I think that we've won over the fans in Philadelphia, the media . . . the national attention we've gotten came from how we played the game. . . . How we've played is how I like it, and I want to keep it that way."
who is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained stomach muscle, could rejoin the team as soon as today. He played Thursday night and last night on a rehab assignment for single-A Clearwater.
Rosario begins rehab
Rosario, who has been on the disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder since the season started, began a rehab assignment last night for Clearwater and threw one scoreless inning.
The long road
The Phillies opened a three-city, nine-game, 10-day road trip last night against the Braves. The Phillies entered the series 15-13 on the road, one of just three teams in baseball with a winning record on the road. The St. Louis Cardinals (15-12) and Los Angeles Angels (19-11) are the others.
Since 2004, the Phillies have 187 victories on the road. Only the Angels (196) and New York Yankees (189) have more.