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.

21-year-old Gleyber Torres homers twice off of 44-year-old Bartolo Colon

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Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres was born on December 13, 1996. That year, Bartolo Colon (who turns 45 years old on Thursday) was wrapping up a season he spent with Double-A Canton-Akron and Triple-A Buffalo. He would debut in the majors the following April.

In a clash of generations, the 21-year-old Torres and Colon squared off on Monday as the Yankees visited the Rangers. Torres won the battle twice, drilling a two-run home run off of Colon in the second inning and a solo shot off of Colon in the fourth. Colon wound up giving up six runs in total on eight hits (including four homers) and a walk with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

Here is video of the first homer Torres hit:

Torres is the second-youngest Yankee in club history with a multi-homer game. Mickey Mantle was 20 years and 296 days old when he went yard twice on August 11, 1952. Torres is 21 years, 159 days old. Joe DiMaggio was 21-212 when he hit two on June 24, 1936.

So much for respecting one’s elders. We’re currently seeing a youth movement in baseball. 19-year-old Juan Soto hit his first major league homer on Monday against the Padres. 20-year-olds Ronald Acuña and Mike Soroka debuted for the Braves earlier this year. Could 19-year-old Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. join them soon?