Three-time All-Star and former MVP Jimmy Rollins has been a mainstay in the Phillies starting lineup since 2001, when he finished third in Rookie of the Year voting. It's hard to imagine that changing this season, but it sounds like manager Ryne Sandberg isn't exactly a fan of Rollins' work right now. Rollins will be benched Thursday for the third straight game in favor of Freddy Galvis. Rollins is not injured or resting. When asked about the situation, Sandberg decided to praise Galvis (via Philly.com): "Freddy's a guy that will get playing time at various positions," Sandberg said. "He's a guy that I like in the lineup. I felt good about what he brings to the table. The biggest thing I like is his energy and his positive influence. His positive influence on everyone around him." When asked about Rollins' energy and influence, Sandberg said, "No comment." OK, so now is the time for the necessary reminder that not too much should be taken overly seriously on March 12. We should also take note that Sandberg specifically said that Galvis will play various positions. So it's not like this is becoming a positional battle -- at least not yet.
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CBS Sports | Mar 12