On Sunday afternoon, Jimmy Rollins was eligible to be activated from the disabled list. Yesterday, however, the still-hobbled shortstop was finalizing plans with athletic trainer Jeff Cooper to continue his rehab in Clearwater, Fla.
The Phillies, who lost to the Padres, 3-1, last night, host a three-game series with the Marlins beginning tonight, and then go on a six-game interleague road trip through Boston and the Bronx.
Rollins said yesterday that he does not have an idea when he might be ready to return to the active roster.
"It better not be a month," he said when asked if the right calf strain that has sidelined him for all but 12 of the Phillies' 56 games this season had the potential to keep him out for another month or 2.
But Rollins acknowledged that he doesn't have a clear idea of what to expect. He already thought he was healthy once, a notion that was proven otherwise when he reinjured his calf while running to first base in his fifth game back from a 5-week-long stay on the disabled list. Seventeen days into his second stay on the DL - the Phillies initially thought he would be ready to return shortly after the requisite 15-day absence - Rollins has yet to sprint or simulate running the bases. He is jogging and taking batting practice, but has no immediate plans to play in a rehab game.
Rollins said yesterday he will likely request an MRI on the calf before starting any rehab assignment. Conversations he has had with teammates Greg Dobbs and Shane Victorino, who both suffered the injury during the 2008 season, and former big-leaguer and current ESPN analyst Aaron Boone have left him well aware of the potential for the injury to linger.
"I guess it's possible it could linger my whole life," Rollins said. "I talked to Booney, and he said he blew his out a couple times and it doesn't bother him to the point where he feels like he is going to injure it, but he wakes up sometimes with a reminder that he did it once. I talked to Shane, talked to Dobbs. Shane still does all of his [calf] work, and that was 2 years ago. Dobbs said the same thing. Every once in a while it lets you know you pulled it."
Shane Victorino wasted little time in putting his newly established charitable foundation into action. In announcing the establishment of The Shane Victorino Foundation yesterday, he also announced a $900,000 donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia, which will be used to renovate the Nicetown branch.
Victorino, who signed a 3-year, $22 million contract extension over the offseason, plans on using his foundation to aid underprivileged children in Philadelphia and in his native state of Hawaii.
"[The contract extension] made it easier for me to do something like this, to be able to give back to a community that has given me so much over the last 5 years that I've been here," Victorino said. "Having the opportunity to start here and take it from here to Hawaii is next."
Jeff Waldron, the executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia, said the organization is planning a complete refurbishment of the Nicetown branch, which was founded in 1892. Victorino, whose foundation's website is located at www.shanevictorinofoundation.org, is also planning a benefit fashion show at the Union League that will feature several of his Phillies teammates.
The Phillies took their annual team photo before the start of batting practice . . . Last night's official attendance was 45,398, marking the 69th consecutive sellout at Citizens Bank Park.
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