08/14/12 11:20 PM ET
Rollins breaks Bowa's team mark for games at short
By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com
Tuesday night's game at Marlins Park marked Rollins' 1,731st game at shortstop for the Phillies, which passed Larry Bowa (1,730) for the franchise record. Rollins has played 1,749 games for the Phillies overall, which is third most in franchise history. Only Mike Schmidt (2,404) and Richie Ashburn (1,794) have played more.
"It's something that wasn't on my radar," Rollins said before the game against the Marlins. "Most games played by a shortstop? Obviously they keep stats for everything, but that definitely wasn't one I paid attention to. When I'm done [playing baseball], I'll probably think about it."
Rollins and Bowa have maintained a close relationship over the years. Bowa managed Rollins from 2000-03, and they have remained in contact since, exchanging text messages during the season and even in the offseason. Both men share a bond as Phillies legends who played the same position. They also know how to talk a little trash. A favorite is the time in 2004, when Rollins noticed Bowa strutting through the clubhouse, and Rollins told Bowa he should drag his back foot a little more.
"Pimp that walk," Rollins said.
"Why don't you drag that back foot across home plate every once in a while?" Bowa countered.
For a long time Bowa said Rollins had a ways to go before he could be considered the greatest shortstop in Phillies history.
Bowa came around a few years ago.
"I wasn't a great player. I was a good player," Bowa said in 2008. "Jimmy is a great player. Yeah, I think he's a great player."
Asked what motivates him these days, Rollins said, "I want to work."
He said he still would like to be remembered as one of the best shortstops to play the game, but he needs to pile up more numbers to enter that conversation. Rollins needs 21 hits to reach 2,000 for his career following his leadoff homer in Tuesday's 1-0 victory. He needs 212 hits to catch Bowa, which Rollins said has been a goal. Rollins should accomplish both those feats, but what comes after that? How about 3,000 hits? It is not impossible, although it is a long shot. Rollins is on pace for 157 hits this season. He has averaged 157.8 hits per season the previous three seasons in which he has had 600 or more plate appearances, while also figuring in this season's current pace.
If Rollins stays healthy, stays on the field and maintains that 157-hit pace, he could reach 3,000 hits in 2019 when he is 40.
"Is it possible? Yeah," Rollins said. "If I play every day and bang out. It depends how long you play. If you're around long enough, anything is possible."
Is it motivation for him?
"Two thousand is right now," he said. "Let me get there first."
Polanco's rehab stint starts Wednesday
MIAMI -- Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco will began a rehab assignment with Class A Clearwater on Wednesday.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said Polanco, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since July 23 because of inflammation in his lower back, is expected to play five or six innings Wednesday with the Threshers. He is scheduled to serve as designated hitter on Friday, and play seven to nine innings Saturday.
He will not play Sunday, and if everything goes well, Polanco could be activated Monday and rejoin the Phillies in Philadelphia.
Hamels on historic roll for Phillies
MIAMI -- Cole Hamels is on a roll.
Here is further proof: Elias Sports Bureau said Hamels, who threw his second consecutive shutout Monday in Miami, and Mets ace Johan Santana are the only two pitchers to throw consecutive shutouts this season. Hamels is just the third Phillies pitcher to throw consecutive shutouts in the past 20 seasons. Cory Lidle had two consecutive shutouts in 2004, and Cliff Lee had three consecutive shutouts in '11.
Hamels will enter Saturday's start in Milwaukee with a 22-inning scoreless streak.
Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown worked on a few things on the field with head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan before Tuesday's game, but there is no reason to worry. The Phillies are working with Brown on things he can do before and after games to reduce his risk of injury. Brown has missed plenty of time the past couple of seasons because of injuries.
The Phillies entered Tuesday 18-19 in one-run games this season, but are 9-2 in their last 11.
The Phillies had hit 30 home runs in 28 games since the All-Star break, which ranks sixth in the National League. But 21 of those homers (70 percent) are solo homers. Seven of them have given the Phillies the lead. Seven have tied the game.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.