Rollins Hits DL With Groin Strain, Polanco Activated

Posted by Corey Seidman, Mon, August 22, 2011 02:30 PM | Comments: 10

J-Roll hits the DL and it puts a big dent in the Phillies lineup.

UPDATE, 3:36 pm: In a press release from the Phillies, they have officially placed Jimmy Rollins on the DL and have activated Placido Polanco from the DL. Expect to see plenty of Wilson Valdez at shortstop with some Michael Martinez sprinkled in.

Nobody needs to tell you that the Phillies are a worse team without Jimmy Rollins.

You’re well aware of that, even if you still hold the baseless feeling that he’s in a continuous decline.

The Phillies will be without his services for a few weeks, as Rollins will go on the 15-day DL for a mild Grade 2 strain of his right groin. As a frame of reference, the similarly positioned and built Orlando Hudson spent 24 days on the DL earlier this year with a Grade 2 right groin strain.

In a year where offense has plummeted league-wide, Rollins has hit .269/.343/.403 in 120 games.┬áThat .743 OPS is actually 3% better than league average. In 2008, when Rollins OPSed .786, that was 3% better than league average. So relatively speaking, Jimmy’s having a fine year.

His defense and base stealing ability are still as impressive as ever. Of NL shortstops with at leas 800 innings played, only Troy Tulowitzki ranks higher in advanced defensive metrics. And 19 of Rollins’ first 20 stolen base attempts were successful. He has hit a bit of a lull, getting thrown out in six of his last 15 attempts, but an 80% success rate is still elite.

There is a precipitous dropoff between Rollins and the combo of Michael Martinez and Wilson Valdez … one that would likely prevent the Phillies from traveling deep into the playoffs.When Placido Polanco went down, it was somewhat manageable because the Phils had been winning in spite of his three month-long slump. But Jimmy’s been a model of consistency atop the lineup in 2011, and while Martinez and Valdez are adequate defenders, neither can get to as many balls up the middle or to their left.

As injury expert Will Carroll of Sports Illustrated noted today, this injury could be the buildup of a year filled for Rollins with knee and hamstring problems.

With Rollins out and Polanco likely returning, we thankfully get to avoid an everyday 3B/SS combo of Martinez and Valdez. One of those two will stay in the 8-hole, Shane Victorino will move up to leadoff and Polanco will likely step in to bat second.

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  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    They can go deep into the playoffs without Rollins. Just get better my friend.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 1041 betasigmadeltashag

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    This one really hurts IMO. Jimmy is a bigger part of this team than a lot of the people on here want to give credit for. Moving the line up around is not good for this team. Poly batting second is ok but he really is only going to be like 80 percent the rest of the year at best. Any chance Glavis is brought up to see if he can hit at all. He is definatly ready defensivly. Like i said this one really hurts. The only thing this may help is lowering his salary expectations for his next contract

    • Posts: 312 Corey Seidman

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      Agree with most of those points, betasigma. Though I don’t think it really decreases his next contract because his next deal will have basic parameters that adequately compensate him for his skill level and proneness to injury. 3/$36 is not a huge risk.

      Not having Jimmy in the playoffs would be a big deal, a huge deal. But hopefully it doesn’t come to that. As stated above, Orlando Hudson missed 24 days with the same exact injury. That would have Jimmy back two weeks before the season ends.

  • Posts: 3060 Chuck A.

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    Yeah, at this point…especially with Polly coming back soon….the Phillies can get by without J-Roll for a few weeks. It’s important that they take their time with this so he’s ready for prime-time in October. And Valdez and Martinez aren’t the worst guys thay could throw out there. We’ll be fine.

    Everyone just breeeeaaaaathe…

  • Posts: 2 bigkahuana

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    Yeah, we’re better off with Rollins leading off, but Shane is an adequate fill in for a couple of weeks and maybe Charlie will tell him to use his speed and try to steal a couple more bases. Get well Jimmy, we need you healthy for the playoffs.

  • Posts: 5321 Lefty

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    I think we’ll be fine. It’s the defensive side I’m more concerned with. Jimmy makes difficult plays look routine. His D is under appreciated. But to Corey’s point, now more than ever we have to somehow keep Polanco healthy.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    They need his glove for a playoff run. And maybe he will get hot since its a contract year for him. Not to worried about it for the time being.

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  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    Corey…..3y/36m? No way.

    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 103 buffy08210

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    All grade two strains are not equal. Not only is the term imprecise (there are severe 2s and minor 2s), it depends on exactly where the partial tear is. If the strain is in a vascular area of the muscluo-tendonous junction, it would heal faster. We don’t even know exacly what muscle we are dealing with either. I do have a hunch we will see him in the post season though, which might give the team a spark.

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