Jimmy Rollins not ready to return from groin injury

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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.

Report: Padres interested in Maikel Franco

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The Padres may have some interest in acquiring Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, according to a recent report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. It seems unlikely that the team would deal their starting third baseman with J.P. Crawford (fractured left hand) sidelined through July; to that end, however, they signed infielder Danny Espinosa as minor league depth on Friday and have reportedly been eying the Rangers’ Adrian Beltre, among other veteran options.

Franco, 25, entered Sunday batting .255/.297/.425 with nine home runs and a .721 OPS in 229 plate appearances this season. While he has yet to live up to the .280+ average, 1.9+ fWAR he posted during his rookie campaign, he’s been a solid 20+ home run producer over the last few years and shown some stability at the hot corner. He’s also under team control for the next three years and could provide some much-needed insurance behind the Padres’ current third base option, 27-year-old Christian Villanueva.

Rosenthal notes that the Phillies could strike a deal for one of San Diego’s relievers, though no one specific has been connected to the team yet — and the club probably wouldn’t be able to finesse a one-for-one deal given the quality of the Padres’ pitchers. The Phillies’ bullpen has looked downright abysmal over the last month, placing 11th-worst in the league with a collective 5.34 ERA and 0.3 fWAR. Their failure to procure a viable reliever beyond Seranthony Dominguez, Victor Arano and Edubray Ramos lends a certain urgency to any potential deal they make over the next few weeks, though the official trade deadline is still over a month away.