Instead of leading off a nationally televised game against the Mets at Shea Stadium, he underwent a precautionary X-ray on the sprained left ankle he suffered in the eighth inning Tuesday when he spun awkwardly into second base on a fake pickoff throw. The X-ray was negative, and Rollins may return to the lineup within a few days.
"It's just sore," Rollins said. "It isn't anything more than that right now. I never felt bad. It's never been swollen. It's just my mobility, going left to right, it's pretty sore. That's what my game is, especially defensively."
Rollins, a Gold Glove shortstop, said he'd be available to pinch-hit, but he didn't Wednesday night, ending his consecutive games streak at 230, the third-longest active streak in the majors behind Cleveland's Grady Sizemore (366) and Atlanta's Jeff Francoeur (334).
"If Jimmy tells me he can play, I want him to play," manager Charlie Manuel said. "If he's hurt, I'm not going to play him. I want tough players. Philly wants tough players, don't they? And he's one of them. At the same time, if he's hurt, he's not going to play." Rollins said he likely would've played had it been later in the season.
"If it was (game) 155, I'd be medicated heavily and heavily taped," Rollins said. "I want to go out there every day. But it's better to miss two or three games now than to miss three weeks."
Meanwhile, Ryan Madson hasn't pitched since last Friday night in Cincinnati, and even before he played catch Wednesday, manager Charlie Manuel pronounced him unavailable yet again. Madson experienced soreness in the back of his shoulder after tossing two scoreless innings against the Reds. The injury isn't related to the strained shoulder muscle that sidelined Madson for the final two weeks of last season. "I didn't want to just keep throwing through it and be out for three months," said Madson, who insisted he was feeling better and hoped to be cleared to pitch Wednesday night.
METS 8, PHILLIES 2: Fill-in shortstop Eric Bruntlett committed two of the Phillies' four errors in a sloppy loss at Shea Stadium that snapped their nine-game winning streak over the rival Mets. Second baseman Chase Utley and catcher Carlos Ruiz also made errors. The Phillies have committed 13 errors in nine games. Right-hander Kyle Kendrick walked a career-high six batters and lasted only 2 1/3 innings. Pat Burrell picked up two hits to hold his average at .400.
NEWS & NOTES
HE SAID WHAT? "He's an MVP. That's what they do. They do things at special times to win ballgames. You can't teach that. Jimmy has the "it" factor, if you will." - Phillies RF Geoff Jenkins on 2007 NL MVP Jimmy Rollins' first-to-third dash on a sacrifice bunt in a win last week.