06/06/09 9:17 PM ET
Victorino returns, Rollins sits for Phils
Shortstop out of starting lineup after 2-for-20 stretch
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
Rollins is healthy, but after he went 2-for-20 in his previous four games, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel kept him out of the starting lineup Saturday afternoon against Dodgers right-hander Hiroki Kuroda at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers beat the Phillies in 12 innings, 3-2.
Rollins had hit .292 (21-for-72) with six doubles, one triple, one home run, seven RBIs and 14 runs scored in 16 games from May 16-June 1 to raise his season average from .199 to .230, but after the past four games, his average dropped to .219.
Eric Bruntlett started at shortstop in place of Rollins. Rollins entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning. He lined out and popped out in the 12th.
"He's not doing that on purpose," Manuel said. "He's not the only guy to ever get off to a [bad] start, and he's not the only guy to have a bad season. I think he'll still have a good season. I've seen him that way before.
"He'll find his swing. When? I wish I knew. But he will find it."
Victorino had missed the previous two games because of a strained left hip, but said his hip has been improving every day.
He hit leadoff in place of Rollins.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.