05/23/12 12:25 AM ET
Rollins becomes father; replacement homers
Phillies recall Kratz after placing shortstop on paternity leave
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
Rollins -- whose wife, Johari, gave birth to their first child, a girl named Camryn Drew Rollins, on Sunday -- was placed on Major League Baseball's paternity-leave list on Tuesday, and catcher Erik Kratz was recalled prior to a 5-2 loss to the Nationals. Kratz hit his first Major League homer in the eighth inning.
Rollins missed Monday's game against the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park, but he was not yet on leave. The Phillies said they are unaware of how much leave Rollins might take, but he has 24 to 72 hours.
"I don't think I'll have him tomorrow," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "I don't think so."
Three other Phillies have taken paternity leave since the list was instituted last season: Ross Gload missed two games in Pittsburgh (June 4-5), Ryan Madson missed two games in San Francisco (Aug. 4-5) and Kyle Kendrick missed two games in Florida (Sept. 3-4).
Manuel was asked about fans wondering how much time a player should be away from the team.
"I'm sure there's going to be controversy about it," he said. "I'm sure people are going to have their opinion."
He offered none.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.