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Rollins Out, Polanco Back

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Jimmy Rollins cut out the middleman on Monday, announcing via his Twitter account that he was going on the disabled list with a Grade 2 strain of his groin.

Rollins, who underwent an MRI on Monday, initially suffered the injury running out of the batter's box in the first inning on Sunday, but didn't leave the game until after the second inning. While he hopes to return as soon as he is eligible on September 6, the Phillies obviously have enough breathing room in the standings that they can afford to get by with Wilson Valdez at shortstop if he needs more time.

The Phillies will be without their starting shortstop for at least the next two weeks, but they did get their starting third baseman back Monday night. Placido Polanco returned from the disabled list and went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in a blowout victory over the Mets. The 35-year-old is batting just .228 since his red-hot April and is currently trying to avoid season-ending surgery to repair a sports hernia.

While the Phillies attempt to get the left side of their infield healthy before the postseason, here are some more news and notes from around the baseball world.

* Jose Reyes is tentatively scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Double-A Binghamton and could be back in the Mets' lineup as soon as Sunday against the Braves.

Reyes, who hasn't played since aggravating his left hamstring on August 7, ran the bases at 85 percent intensity prior to Monday's game against the Phillies and plans to participate in running drills again Tuesday. The speedy shortstop will likely play three or four games in the minors before returning from the disabled list.

The Mets are fading fast in the standings, losing four in a row and 10 out of 12, but there's still plenty of incentive for Reyes to finish his contract year strong. Despite missing significant playing time since early-July, the 28-year-old still leads the National League with a .336 batting average. His reputation as an injury-prone player will no doubt have an impact on his price tag this winter, but a batting title would be a nice little feather in his cap as he goes out in search of a big money contract.

* Speaking of hamstrings, Adrian Beltre tested his strained left hammy Monday by running at about 75 percent effort. His workout consisted of going from home to first and rounding the bag. Beltre will need to circle the bases at full speed before going out on a minor league rehab assignment, but because he suffered a setback in his previous attempt earlier this month, the first-place Rangers aren't going to rush the process. As of now, he is on track to return in the early part of September.

* Stephen Strasburg is rounding into shape quite nicely. After stumbling a bit in his last outing, the 23-year-old right-hander allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits over three innings Monday in his latest rehab start with Class A Hagerstown. He threw 40 out 60 pitches for strikes while striking out six and walking just one. Strasburg is scheduled to make his next rehab start Saturday and could join the Nationals' rotation as soon as September 2. If you haven't stashed him yet, it's probably too late.

* Jose Tabata went 5-for-9 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored during Monday's doubleheader against the Brewers. Freshly locked up through at least the 2016 season, the 23-year-old outfielder is batting .414 (12-for-29) since returning from the disabled list early last week. Tabata entered the season as a popular sleeper in mixed formats, but he's currently widely available in many leagues. Time to change that.

NL Quick Hits: Cliff Lee tossed seven shutout innings in a win over the Mets on Monday night … Dan Uggla clubbed his 30th home run of the season in Monday's win over the Cubs … Zack Greinke tied a season-high by giving up seven runs in a loss to the Pirates on Monday … Matt Holliday left Monday's game in the eighth inning after a large moth flew in his ear … Carlos Gonzalez went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Monday's win over the Astros and currently has a 10-game hitting streak … Wandy Rodriguez is likely to clear waivers Tuesday … Tommy Hanson (shoulder) threw a brief bullpen session Monday and is tentatively scheduled to make a minor league rehab start Saturday … Jair Jurrjens tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings in Monday's win over the Cubs … Chris Carpenter hurled eight innings of one-run ball Monday against the Dodgers, but was handed a no-decision after Fernando Salas blew the save … Starlin Castro was given a "mental day off" Monday after his lackadaisical behavior in the field during Sunday's game … Jayson Werth homered and doubled in Monday's win over the Diamondbacks … Angel Pagan left Monday's game against the Phillies due to a stomach virus … Ted Lilly (neck) is on track to make his next scheduled start Friday against the Rockies … Jose Constanza left Monday's game with a slight right ankle sprain … Raul Ibanez was scratched from Monday's lineup due to a sore groin … Chris Narveson left Monday's outing after 5 1/3 shutout innings due to a bent fingernail, but isn't expected to miss his next scheduled start … Rafael Furcal (thumb) expects to return to the Cardinals' starting lineup Tuesday … Peter Moylan (back) tossed a scoreless inning Monday in his first minor league rehab appearance with Triple-A Gwinnett … Kevin Correia was placed on the disabled list Monday with a strained oblique … Jordan Schafer (finger) went 0-for-4 with a strikeout Monday in his return from the disabled list … Brad Lincoln will stay in the Pirates' starting rotation after allowing two runs over six innings Monday against the Brewers … The Braves are expected to recall prospect right-handers Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado from the minors when rosters expand in September … Joe Blanton (elbow) threw off a mound Monday and felt good while Jose Contreras (forearm) suffered a setback during his bullpen session…

AL Quick Hits: Justin Verlander boosted his Cy Young candidacy Monday by tossing seven innings of one-run ball against the Rays en route to his major-league leading 19th victory … Jacoby Ellsbury (back) missed his third straight game Monday, but is expected to return to the starting lineup Tuesday … David Ortiz plans to test his right heel by running Tuesday … Victor Martinez was scratched from Monday's lineup with lower back spasms … Shin-Soo Choo was scratched from Monday's lineup to be present for the birth of his daughter … J.J. Hardy slugged his 24th home run of the season Monday in a win over the Twins … Justin Morneau will undergo an MRI if his foot doesn't improve by Tuesday … C.J. Wilson tossed 6 2/3 shutout innings Monday in win over the Red Sox … B.J. Upton is day-to-day after leaving Monday's game with a right shoulder strain … Clay Buchholz (back) could be cleared to begin a throwing program by this weekend … Michael Cuddyer (neck) doubled twice and walked in his return to the lineup Monday … Ichiro Suzuki went 3-for-5 with his third home run of the season Monday in a win over the Indians … Travis Hafner was placed on the disabled list Monday with a right foot strain … Rich Harden was claimed off waivers by the Indians, but the A's pulled him back after they were unable to work out a deal … Grady Sizemore (knee, hernia) could begin a minor league rehab assignment by the end of his week or early next week … Freddy Garcia (finger) is on track to return this weekend after allowing two runs over four innings in a rehab start with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday… J.D. Drew (shoulder) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Friday with Single-A Lowell … The Indians are expected to recall right-hander Zach McAllister to start the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Mariners … Nick Blackburn was placed on the disabled list Monday with a strained right forearm… The Mariners will recall left-hander Anthony Vasquez to start the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Indians … Brendan Ryan (shoulder) went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a hit-by-pitch Monday in his first game back from the disabled list …

D.J. Short is a Rotoworld baseball editor and contributes to NBCSports.com's Hardball Talk blog. You can also find him on Twitter.
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