Jimmy Rollins is eligible to come off the disabled list today, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. explained yesterday that the shortstop isn’t ready to return from his groin injury.
“I think it’s going to be a day-to-day thing as to when he’s going to be ready and ready to go, but he’s getting closer,” Amaro told Nate Mink of MLB.com.
Rollins hasn’t played since August 22, but was able to field ground balls and do some running yesterday, suggesting that he’s relatively near a return date despite not being ready after the minimum 15 days away from the lineup. Wilson Valdez has started 10 of the 12 games at shortstop in Rollins’ absence and the Phillies are 8-4 since he was placed on the disabled list.
White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in the dugout after completing his outing against the Astros on Friday evening. The cause of the incident has yet to be determined, but Farquhar was supervised by the club’s medical personnel and EMTs and regained consciousness before being taken to Rush University Medical Center for further treatment and testing. A diagnosis has not been announced by the team.
Farquhar pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief during Friday’s 10-0 loss to Houston. He was brought in to relieve James Shields in the top of the sixth inning and was immediately bested by George Springer, who belted a ground-rule double down the right field line and scored Brian McCann and Derek Fisher for the Astros’ sixth and seventh runs of the night. He recovered to strike out Jose Altuve, but was again punished with a two-run homer from Carlos Correa (his first of two), and induced a fly out to end the inning.
The 31-year-old righty pitched just 7 1/3 innings with the club prior to Friday’s performance, issuing four hits, three runs, two homers and eight strikeouts in seven appearances.