PHOENIX -- Jimmy Rollins joked earlier this week that he had a plane ticket earmarked for Thursday use. He'll be in that first-class seat this afternoon, and will fly to San Francisco. He'll rejoin the Phillies when they open a three-game series there on Friday. The announcement doesn't guarantee that Rollins will be activated from the disabled list, according to team officials. Rollins played three days in Clearwater, Fla., earlier this week, the first two in an extended Spring Training game, and Wednesday with Class A Clearwater, and reported no lingering effects from the sprained left ankle that kept him out of the starting lineup since April 8, and on the disabled list since April 20.
Rollins will test the ankle in San Francisco. If he's not ready, he could watch the weekend's games and be activated on Tuesday, at home. The Phillies have gone 16-11 without Rollins, and shortstop Eric Bruntlett has shaken off early struggles to bat .273 since April 20. Infielder Brad Harman will likely return to the Minors when Rollins returns. Despite the fact that the team has played well, manager Charlie Manuel has missed his MVP. "The fact that Jimmy's a switch-hitter and the fact that he's our basestealer -- Jimmy makes our offense go," Manuel said. "He had 30 homers and 20 triples and almost 40 doubles last year. He's got a big bat. He's a big part of our offense."
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.