09/15/10 8:58 PM ET
Rollins earns 10-and-5 rights
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
He earned his 10-and-5 rights.
Rollins has been on an active big league roster for 10 seasons and has played with his current team for five, which awards him the right to refuse any trade. Rollins already had a partial no-trade clause in his current contract, but he could block a trade to only a handful of teams.
"It doesn't mean much," Rollins said before Wednesday's game against the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium. "It's good, though. When I first came up, I heard, '10-and-5, 10-and-5.' I was trying to get one year first. I didn't understand any of that stuff then. It was all a foreign language, but as you get older, you understand what it means.
"It's good because a lot of guys aren't that anymore. Trades, free agency ... teams aren't able to keep guys."
Rollins made his big league debut in September 2000 and has been with the Phillies since.
He will be with the Phillies next season, too. They picked up his $8.5 million club option for 2011 before the '10 season started.
Asked if it was a sense of pride being with one team that long, Rollins smiled.
"Either that or nobody else wanted me," he said.
Rollins has been sidelined with a strained right hamstring. He fielded ground balls and took batting practice Wednesday, but it sounded Tuesday like it might be a few more days before he could return to the lineup.
Ruiz, Victorino swinging hot bats lately
MIAMI -- Entering Wednesday, Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz has hit .336 with 10 doubles, one triple, five home runs and 34 RBIs in 45 games since July 26.
Center fielder Shane Victorino has hit .432 with three doubles, one homer, four RBIs, 11 runs scored and five stolen bases in eight games since Phillies manager Charlie Manuel made him the leadoff hitter.
Manuel has been impressed with both.
"I look at Chooch sometimes, I knew he could hit a little bit in the Minor Leagues," Manuel said. "I always thought he was a better hitter. Believe me, I'm really happy with his hitting. It fulfills the kind of player he is. At the same time, he's handled our staff and he's come a long way with his game calling. Our pitchers trust him."
"He can hit anywhere [in the lineup]," Manuel said of Victorino. "Vic's not going to work for walks. If he's standing there three balls, one strike, he's not going to run it to 3-2. The type of hitter he is, he can hit anywhere in the lineup. He can hit fifth. You could put him fourth. But right now he's doing real good in the one-hole. He's hitting the ball consistently harder than he was before."
Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown said he feels he is healthy to play, although manager Charlie Manuel is not convinced. Brown has been sidelined with a strained right quadriceps. ... The Phillies entered Wednesday's series finale against the Florida Marlins with a 40-24 record in games decided by two or fewer runs. That is the best winning percentage (.625) in the Majors. ... The Phillies are 12-36 (.250) when they have scored two or fewer runs. It is the most games they have won when scoring two or fewer runs since 1982, when they went 16-41. ... Cole Hamels has allowed one run in 28 2/3 innings in his last four starts. The Elias Sports Bureau found the last Phillies pitcher to have a four-start span like that was Randy Wolf in 2002. Wolf went 4-0 and allowed one run in 35 innings.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.