Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins was placed on the 15-day DL today after suffering a right calf strain just before the first pitch of the Phillies home opener on Monday against the Nationals. After the game Rollins was sent for an MRI to check on possible damage to his calf.
The MRI showed a grade 2 strain and Rollins has been held out of team activities ever since.
"We believe it to be a mild to moderate strain and we're hopeful it will be a two-to-four week recovery," stated Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr.
The 31 year old Rollins could be out up to a month with the injury and in the mean time Juan Castro is expected to fill in at shortstop for the Phillies. Amaro told the press that the team does not want to rush Rollins back and that they want to take all precautions with the veteran infielder.
"As in all of our injuries, precautions will be taken so that Jimmy is 100% when he returns to the field." stated Amaro.
For the meantime the team has called up Wilson Valdez from AAA Lehigh Valley. Valdez is 31 years old and has played in the Mariners, White Sox and Mets organizations.
The Phillies are hosting the Washington National tonight in game two of their first home series. Kyle Kendrick is making his second start of the season for the Phils and the Nationals will be throwing right-hander Craig Stammen. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.