Rollins expected to be ready for playoffs

Rollins expected to be ready for playoffs

PHILADELPHIA -- How is Jimmy Rollins?

It has become the daily question to Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and Rollins. Rollins has not played since Sept. 8 because of a strained right hamstring, and the Phillies entered Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park with just 11 games to play before the postseason.

"Oh yeah," Amaro said, asked if he felt optimistic Rollins would be ready to play in the playoffs.

Rollins has been hitting from both sides of the plate and taking fielding practice. He has jogged, but he has not sprinted. Rollins said he does not know what would happen if he tried to sprint. He joked he would not have tried to catch Red Man, the fan who ran onto the field during Monday's 3-1 victory over the Braves.

"As far as him being 100 percent, I'm not sure yet," Amaro said. "Every day is kind of different."

Manuel has said he would like Rollins to face pitching before he rejoins the lineup, but options are few. He could participate in a simulated game or get at-bats in instructional league in Florida, although that seems unlikely.