04/12/08 7:46 PM ET
Rollins likely out for rest of weekend
Manuel hoping reigning NL MVP can return to lineup Tuesday
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
Rollins' absence increases the likelihood that he will miss Sunday's game, enjoy an off-day Monday and return Tuesday against Houston."I've thought about that," Manuel said. "It depends on what goes on. I think he's close. I would think he's going to play Tuesday." Eric Bruntlett has filled in for Rollins with admittedly subpar results. He made two errors in Wednesday's loss to the Mets, and was unable to lay down a key sacrifice bunt Thursday. "I have to do all those kind of things, moving guys over, getting a bunt down, hit and run -- that kind of stuff," Bruntlett said. "Things that I didn't do in those first two games. I can't go out there and expect to hit the ball all over the park, out of the park, like a lot of these guys are assigned to do. That's not who I am. I can't try to do that. So I just go out and play my game." Bruntlett acknowledged that part of his struggles -- he was hitting .133 (2-for-15) entering Saturday -- is trying to impress his new teammates, and starting for the reigning NL MVP only heightens that pressure. "You want to make an impact, and help the team," Bruntlett said. "A lot of this game is about knowing what level to play. It's not 100 percent all the time. You can't force it."
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.