About two hours before Sunday’s game against Milwaukee, Phillies catching coach Mick Billmeyer scrawled a lineup on the whiteboard outside of the locker room. The list of names did not include Jimmy Rollins. So Rollins walked into Charlie Manuel’s office to chat with the Phillies manager. Shortly afterward, the board was erased and replaced with a new lineup – with Rollins batting third and playing shortstop. “He walked in and told me something about that he could play, and I didn’t go ask him today,” Manuel said. “I just sat him out. He told me he could play, and I put him in the lineup.” Rollins didn’t start Saturday’s game thanks to some soreness in his right foot, off which he fouled two balls in Friday’s loss to the Brewers. It didn’t faze him much Sunday. Rollins made a fantastic diving stop on a ground ball in the first inning. Then, in the Phillies’ half of the frame, he smacked a two-out double down the right-field line to jump start the Phils’ five-run outburst. Rollins finished 2 for 3 with a walk. De Fratus escapes late trouble Justin De Fratus is still somewhat new to the major league club in 2013. He received his call-up May 11 and has pitched quite well since making the trek from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. So it was disheartening when Jonathan Lucroy, who blitzed the Phillies in the weekend series, roped a ball down the left-field line with the bases loaded in the eighth. De Fratus hoped it was going foul.
Rollins' addition to lineup offers a boost
Delaware Online | Jun 3