Jimmy Rollins avoids disabled list, rejoins Phillies’ lineup

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Jimmy Rollins was apparently right about not needing a stint on the disabled list for his knee injury, because the Phillies’ shortstop is back in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Cubs.

Rollins was out of the starting lineup for the previous four games after an MRI revealed what the Phillies called a “deep bone bruise.”

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. indicated that the DL would be needed if he didn’t show improvement, but Rollins was pretty adamant about not needing 15 days off, saying: “If I was going on the DL it would purely be because they just made a bad decision.”

Sheldon Ocker named winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award

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The Baseball Writers Association of America has named Sheldon Ocker the winner of the 2018 J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown on July 29.

Ocker began covering the Indians for the Akron Beacon Journal in 1981 and did so until 2013, when he retired. He was national president of the BBWAA in 1985 and served as chair of the Cleveland Chapter 11 times. He named Ohio Sports Writer of the Year in 1997 and 2000 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.