Jimmy hits, he throws... he's not limping
Just a quick pregame update on Jimmy Rollins:
Just a week after officially going on the DL with a right calf sprain, Rollins sneaked into the batting cage in pregame BP.
I didn't watch BP intently, but I saw him take at least three swings... nice and easy swings ... but swings nonetheless, from the left side. He poked one ball into the right-center gap.
Afterward, Rollins played long toss with batting practice coach Ali Modami, and appeared to get to close to 150-feet. He was throwing with what looked like max effort and didn't have a limp.
The Phils haven't scheduled a rehab assignment yet for Rollins, but he sure looks to be on the shorter end of that "2-4 weeks" projection the team estimated for his recovery when he went on the DL.
Rollins, placed on the DL on April 14, wouldn't be eligible to return from the DL until the Phils' next game, Friday April 30.
One thing to keep in mind, however: Hitting and throwing are probably two of the easier "baseball activities" to do while nursing a calf injury. The bigger hurdles for Rollins will involve fielding his position at shortstop and running at game-speed.