CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Rollins will be back in the Philadelphia Phillies' starting lineup Friday following a mysterious three-game benching.
When he arrived at Bright House Field on Thursday, Rollins said he was healthy and ready to play. He was unsure why manager Ryne Sandberg decided to rest him for third consecutive game.
"Obviously he is upset about something," Rollins said Thursday.
Sandberg and Rollins spoke before the game against a New York Yankees' split squad and Sandberg said resting Rollins was not a disciplinary decision.
Rollins is in the lineup for Friday's game against the Pirates in Bradenton, Fla.
Sandberg said he wanted to give Freddy Galvis some at-bats and ration the playing time of Rollins and second baseman Chase Utley with opening day still a few weeks off.
"First of all I wanted to see Freddy play three days in a row," Sandberg said. "He has got his playing time and at-bats coming up. It's also a long season playing up the middle, so with him and Chase, I'm careful with their days."
Sandberg did want to speak with Rollins prior to Thursday's game about comments the veteran shortstop made in the Philadelphia Daily News earlier in the week. In a story about the Phillies' struggling offense this spring training, Rollins was quoted as telling the paper, "Who cares?"
"When the season starts, that's when results matter," Rollins was quoted as saying. "There really is no other way to put it. No one talks about preseason in June. ... No one does.'"
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