Jimmy Rollins hoping to return from hamstring injury Monday

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Jimmy Rollins hasn’t played since September 8 because of a hamstring injury and the Phillies are obviously doing just fine without him, going 11-1 during that time.
There’s no official timetable for his return yet, but Rollins said yesterday that he’s hoping to play at least six games before the postseason begins and manager Charlie Manuel also expressed confidence that the shortstop will definitely be in the lineup at some point before the playoffs.
Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that Rollins will participate in a simulated game today, but the real test will come when he tries to run full speed on the strained hamstring. He hasn’t done that yet and until he does it’s tough to predict a return date. In order to play in the Phillies’ final six games, he’d have to rejoin the lineup by Monday.

Let’s end spring training now, you guys

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There’s a saying that goes “nothing good ever happens after 2AM.” It can also be said that nothing good ever happens after, say, week 5 or 6 of spring training.

Today, for instance, are a lot of inconsequential games. Those are neutral. Then there are a rash of these sorts of incidents which just went down today, all of which are bad:

Archer seems to be OK for now. Moncada walked off his thing and went back into the game. We’re still waiting to hear on Bumgarner and Ichiro. If there is anything serious with them we’ll update as we learn things.

But really, guys: Spring Training is too long. Even in a year like this one, when it’s a tad shorter than usual because of an early start to the regular season. Everyone who was gonna get their timing down well enough to make a big league roster has already done so. If someone isn’t healthy and in playing shape now, they’re not gonna be six days from now for Opening Day. The cake, as they say, is baked.

All that can happen is possessed-by-the-devil baseballs attacking unsuspecting players and injuring them in meaningless exhibitions. Let’s cease all baseball now until the regular season starts. Out of an abundance of caution.