Phils join exclusive NL club with latest berth
Only third team with four consecutive playoff appearances
WASHINGTON -- The Phillies made their mark in National League history Sunday, when they clinched a fourth consecutive playoff appearance.
They are just the third team in NL history to make the playoffs four consecutive times. They joined the Braves, who made 14 consecutive appearances (1991-93, 1995-2005), and the New York Giants, who made four consecutive appearances (1921-24). There were no playoffs in '94, which is why Atlanta's streak is 14.
The Phillies will try to become the first NL team since the 1942-44 Cardinals to play in three consecutive World Series. Those Cards won it all in 1942 and '44. They also won the Fall Classic in '46 after finishing in second place in '45.
Weather in DC keeps Rollins on bench
WASHINGTON -- Jimmy Rollins will have to wait another day to play.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel held Rollins from Monday's lineup against the Nationals at Nationals Park because of expected wet conditions. Rollins has not played since Sept. 8 because of a strained right hamstring.
"I figured the field is going to be wet," Manuel said. "What do I gain by playing him?"
If Rollins plays Tuesday, he would have just five games to get ready for the postseason. Manuel said that should be enough time to get ready.
"He's got to get on the field. He's got to get his rhythm and timing back," Manuel added.
Phillies to visit injured soldiers Tuesday
WASHINGTON -- Mike Sweeney, Shane Victorino and nine other Phillies are headed to Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Tuesday to visit injured soldiers.
Sweeney visited the medical center in May, when he played for the Mariners.
"It really moved me," he said. "Some of these young men and women were in battle as recently as six, seven days before we visited. It really impacted my life. ... We're playing a game for a living. The way we play the game might give joy to a lot of people in our country, maybe even our soldiers. But the true heroes are those that defend our country."
Left-hander Jamie Moyer threw a bullpen session Monday. He said recently he is hoping to compete for a job in Spring Training. He is a free agent following this season, but is unlikely to re-sign with the Phillies, unless he would accept a heavily incentive-laden deal. ... Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he would like to play rookie outfielder Domonic Brown before the end of the season. Brown has a chance to make the postseason roster, although Manuel may choose a veteran left-handed bat like Greg Dobbs instead. ... The Phils have won 17 of their previous 20 games on the road after losing 12 of their previous 15. They have won seven consecutive road series. The last time they lost a road series came Aug. 30-Sept. 1 against the Nationals.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.