The Philadelphia Inquirer's Matt Gelb reports the Phillies will play with 24 players today instead of the typical 25 because Jimmy Rollins will not arrive in Chicago until later tonight. The Phillies opted not to place Rollins on paternity leave when he flew home to be there for the birth of his daughter.
The 35-year-old shortstop was originally slated to be in the starting lineup this afternoon before being scratched. Manager Ryne Sandberg called it "an internal miscommunication." The rest of the team will play the Cubs today with first pitch at 2:20 pm.
Rollins is 2-for-10 in his two games this season with a grand slam and an RBI single. His grand slam in the opener was his 200th career home run. Rollins batted .252/.318/.348 with six home runs and 39 RBIs in 160 games last season for the Phillies. The six home runs and 39 RBIs were the fewest for the former-MVP in any full season. Yes, lower than the eight home runs and 41 RBIs he has in 88 games in 2010.
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