Ryne Sandberg had a conversation with Jimmy Rollins prior to Thursday’s game in Clearwater regarding comments the shortstop made in the Philadelphia Daily News on Tuesday regarding the Phillies offensive struggles this spring.

“Who cares,” Rollins said in the paper. “When the season starts, that's when results matter. There really is no other way to put it. No one talks about preseason in June. ... No one does.’”

But Sandberg said Rollins exclusion from the lineup on Thursday - and on Tuesday and Wednesday, too - were unrelated to the comments. Instead, Sandberg said he wanted to see reserve shortstop Freddy Galvis play and thought it was smart to rest Rollins before the long season ahead.

Resting Rollins was not disciplinary, the manager said.

“First of all I wanted to see Freddy play three days in a row,” Sandberg said. “He has a tendency to get long with his at-bats. I wanted him to experience that and play three days in a row.”

And Rollins?

“He’s got his playing time and at-bats coming up,” Sandberg said. “It’s also a long season playing up the middle so with him and Chase (Utley) I’m careful with their days. I know the grind of a season and Jimmy plays over 150 games a year … It’s the time of the spring right now where he’ll have some time down the stretch (to play).”