Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins was pulled in the third inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Nationals after straining his right groin muscle. According to David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News, he is considered day-to-day.
Rollins suffered the groin injury in the second inning while ranging up the middle on a Jesus Flores ground ball. He then departed in the third inning.
Rollins has also been bothered by knee soreness for much of the regular season and could get several consecutive days off as the Phillies look to get him rested and ready for postseason play.
The Phils currently boast a MLB-best 81-43 record. They lead the National League East by 7 1/2 games.
No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.
Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.
Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.