Rollins due back Thursday after missing finale

Rollins due back Thursday after missing finale

PHILADELPHIA -- Jimmy Rollins will rejoin the Phillies Thursday in St. Louis after missing the last three games following the birth of his first child.

Rollins sat out Monday's game after his wife, Johari, gave birth to their daughter, Camryn Drew Rollins, late Sunday night. On Tuesday, the Phillies placed Rollins on Major League Baseball's paternity leave list, which allows a player to be away from the club for 24 to 72 hours. It also gave them the chance to promote catcher Erik Kratz from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to fill Rollins' spot.

The Phillies optioned Kratz, who hit a pinch-hit home run on Tuesday, back to Lehigh Valley following Wednesday's 4-1 win against the Nationals.

Rollins is the fourth Phillies player to be placed on paternity leave since the rule was put in place last year. Last season, Ross Gload missed two games in Pittsburgh (June 4-5), Ryan Madson missed two games in San Francisco (Aug. 4-5), and Kyle Kendrick missed two games in Florida (Sept. 3-4).

The Phillies' shortstop is hitting .229 with one home run and seven RBIs in 42 games this season.