Phillies sit slumping Rollins in finale
Manuel confident shortstop will turn things around
MIAMI -- The answer seemed obvious, but the question had to be asked:
Why was Jimmy Rollins not in the lineup Sunday?
"He's not swinging good," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
No, he isn't. Rollins entered Sunday's series finale against the Marlins at Dolphin Stadium hitting just .162 (11-for-68) with two doubles, one home run, five RBIs and no stolen bases. He ranked 195th out of 199 players in Major League Baseball who qualify for the league's batting average rankings.
Manuel sat Rollins last Sunday against San Diego for the same reason. Rollins hit a pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning, but he has hit just .182 (4-for-22) with one RBI since.
"It's not surprising to me, because that's the way baseball is sometimes," Manuel said. "Sometimes you can know exactly what you're doing wrong and everything, and it's hard to correct. It's hard to explain. It's a feel. It's comfort. It's really hard to explain how you feel when you're not hitting or when you are hitting."
Rollins hit in the batting cage most of the game last Sunday before he was called on to pinch-hit. Manuel said he wanted Rollins to work less this Sunday.
Manuel also sounded like he expected Rollins back in the lineup Monday against the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. In the past, Manuel might bench Pat Burrell for a couple days in a row while he was struggling.
Manuel said Rollins is not at that point yet.
"As good as you can go, you can go that bad," Manuel said. "He'll be all right. Everybody goes through that."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.