Jimmy Rollins still at least 10 days from returning

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Jimmy Rollins is eligible to return from his second disabled list stint of the season Sunday, but general manager Ruben Amaro admitted that the former MVP is still at least 10 days from rejoining the Phillies.
Out since May 22 after aggravating a calf injury, Rollins is “progressing slowly” according to Amaro. “He’s still feeling a little something in his calf, although when he runs on a treadmill or jogs on a treadmill, he’s fine,” the GM said. “When he gets to do some sprint work, he still feels some tightness in the calf. I think, hopefully, in the next 10 days or two weeks he’ll be back playing for us.”
Rollins initially injured his calf while doing some pregame running before the Phillies’ home opener on April 12, spent five weeks on the DL, and then lasted just five games before being placed back on the shelf. He even had to skip participating in his own charity bowling tournament for fear of making the injury worse.
Since losing him for the second time the Phillies are just 2-9 and have amazingly been shut out in 92 of 99 innings, although obviously being without Rollins is hardly the source of all those problems. Rollins has hit .341 with a 1.096 OPS in the 12 games he’s been healthy enough to play this season, but batted just .250 with a .719 OPS in 155 games last year. Wilson Valdez and Juan Castro have hit .263 with a .634 OPS replacing Rollins, so at least relative to his 2009 production the dropoff hasn’t been disastrous.

Shelby Miller will undergo Tommy John surgery

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Last we heard from Shelby Miller, the Diamondbacks’ right-hander was contemplating Tommy John surgery for a partial UCL tear in his right elbow. Now, he appears to have decided to go through with the procedure.

Miller decided to skip Tommy John alternatives like plasma-rich platelet injections or stem cell treatment, which have been used to varying degrees of success by other major league pitchers with similar injuries. The surgery will set him back an estimated 12-18 months, FanRag Sports’ Tommy Stokke reports, which puts Miller’s estimated return date somewhere in 2018 if all goes well.

The 26-year-old starter was off to a rocky start this season, posting a 2-2 record and 4.09 ERA through 22 innings and striking out just 20 of 99 batters faced. This was his sophomore campaign in Arizona after muddling through the 2016 season with a 3-12 record, 6.15 ERA and 0.5 fWAR over 101 innings with the club.

Steven Souza Jr. exits game after injuring his hand on a hit by pitch

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Rays’ right fielder Steven Souza Jr. left Saturday’s game after getting hit on the left hand by a pitch from Blue Jays’ right-hander Joe Biagini in the seventh inning. The pitch appeared to hit the top of Souza Jr.’s hand, causing the outfielder to crumple at the plate and requiring assistance from assistant athletic trainer Paul Harker as he exited the field. Postgame reports from the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin revealed that Souza Jr. sustained a left hand contusion and is scheduled to undergo further evaluation on Sunday.

While the diagnosis isn’t as bad as it could be, it’s still a tough break for the right fielder, who missed 40 days of the 2015 season after sustaining a fracture in his left hand on another hit by pitch. The team has yet to announce any concrete timetable for Souza Jr.’s return, though manager Kevin Cash indicated that they’ll be taking things day to day for the time being.

Souza Jr. is batting .326/.398/.543 with four home runs and 17 RBI through 104 PA in 2017. He went 1-for-2 with a base hit and a walk prior to his departure during Saturday’s 4-1 loss.