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.

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.

Video: Clayton Kershaw notches his 300th strikeout

Clayton Kershaw
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Clayton Kershaw entered Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Padres needing six strikeouts to become the first pitcher in 13 years to whiff 300 batters in a single season.

He did it within the first nine batters of the game, whiffing Yangervis Solarte, Clint Barmes, Austin Hedges, and Travis Jankowski once each and Melvin Upton Jr. on two different occasions.

Here was the milestone matchup against Upton Jr. with two outs in the top of the third …

The last pitchers to reach 300 strikeouts in a season were Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. They did so as teammates on the 2002 Diamondbacks.

Kershaw is lined up to face the Mets in Game 1 of the NLDS.

Shelby Miller snaps 24-start winless streak

Shelby Miller
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Pitcher wins are stupid, but players do seem to put some stock in them. And so Braves starter Shelby Miller can finish his 2015 season with some positive vibes.

The right-hander held the Cardinals scoreless over eight innings in the first half of a doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Turner Field, an eventual 6-0 victory for the host Braves. Miller struck out seven, gave up only three hits, and finally got some run support to snap a 24-start “winless” streak. (Atlanta was actually 3-21 in that stretch).

Miller’s last official “win” before Sunday came May 17 in Miami. He shut out the Marlins and flirted with a no-hitter in that start.

The 24-year-old will finish the 2015 season with a 6-17 record, 3.02 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 171/73 K/BB ratio in 205 1/3 innings. He was traded to Atlanta from St. Louis over the winter in the four-player Jason Heyward deal and will be under the Braves’ control through at least 2018.

Heyward is scheduled to become a free agent this winter.