Jimmy Rollins doesn't sound close to returning

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Jimmy Rollins has already missed the last four games with a strained right hamstring and though the Phillies continue to call him day-to-day, his return to the starting lineup doesn’t sound imminent.

Here’s what Rollins told David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News when asked if he’ll return to the starting lineup before the end of the regular season.

“I
hope so. Studies show, even if it’s a mild hamstring,
even though the doctors like to say 7-to-10 days, it’s usually three
weeks. And that’s at the mildest, before I can go and do what I need to
do. But I’m not going to have three weeks. Three weeks, that puts us
right at the playoffs, so, I’m definitely going to try to do my best to
come back before that.”

Rollins apparently feels well enough that he thinks he can pinch-hit from the left side of the plate, since he won’t have to push off his injured leg, but he’s not exactly painting the most optimistic picture here.

Watch: George Springer robs Todd Frazier with an incredible catch at the wall

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Perhaps there are a few who still miss the slope of Tal’s Hill rising from center field, but George Springer isn’t one of them. He lassoed a 403-foot fly ball from Todd Frazier in the seventh inning of Game 6, reaching nearly to the top of the wall to prevent the Yankees from gaining on the Astros’ 3-0 lead.

According to Statcast, a fly ball with an exit velocity of 103.6 MPH and a launch angle of 29 degrees lands for a home run 72% of the time. That wasn’t going to fly with the Astros, who were facing runners on first and second with one out and saw Justin Verlander‘s pitch count rapidly approaching 100.

It wasn’t long before the Yankees tried for another home run, however, and this one sailed far above the heads of all of the Astros’ outfielders. Aaron Judge lofted a 425-foot shot to left field in the eighth inning, destroying a first-pitch fastball from Brad Peacock and finally getting New York on the board.

The Yankees currently trail the Astros 4-1 in the bottom of the eighth.