There is already one major storyline in this young MLB season: injuries.
Shortstop for the Philadelphia Phillies, Jimmy Rollins, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list following an injury to his calf.
Rollins underwent an MRI on Wednesday and was found to have what doctors described as a “mild to moderate strain” which will cause Rollins to miss the next couple of weeks of the season.
The injury occurred to the 2007 NL MVP while participating in a warm-up session on Monday night prior to a game against the Washington Nationals to open up the 2010 season at home.
Rollins played a critical role to the early success of the Phillies, batting .391 and crossing home-plate eight times.
The club says that Rollins’ placement on the DL is related more to cautionary purposes than anything else, as the 162-game regular season just gets underway. Health is put at a premium to the success of teams, and Philadelphia will need Rollins to be 100 percent.
Switching leagues, Boston reports that outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury will remain out of the starting line up until later this week.
Ellsbury has been sidelined due to a set of bruised ribs after colliding with Adrian Beltre in a game against the Royals over the weekend.
“[The soreness] is a little more centrally isolated, which is good,” remarked Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “But he’s having trouble rotating. As much as we love having him in there, it’s not a good thing to get him back quick.”
In his place, the Red Sox called up Jeremy Hermida for Wednesday afternoon’s game against Minnesota.
Ellbury stated that while he is in discomfort, the injury could have been worse if Beltre’s knee had struck him square.
“I’m just grateful it wasn’t worse,” remarked Ellsbury.
“We did it textbook, infielder high, outfielder low,” Ellsbury added. “Adrian said he just didn’t expect me there. Two players going hard, don’t know how it could have been avoided.”
Los Angeles Angels closer Brian Fuentes was also placed on the 15-day disabled list, citing lower back stiffness.
Fuentes has had difficultly to begin the 2010 MLB season, and will go on the DL and rest his back to get it back to 100 percent.
The American League leader in saves in 2009, with 48, says that he was trying to pitch through the discomfort with in hopes that stretching would relax his back, but there were no signs of improvement.
“We tried to kind of wait it out, but it wasn’t getting any better,” Fuentes said of his DL placement.
As the 2010 MLB season continues in its opening weeks, Online Sportsbooks are fielding wagers for the 2010 World Series Championship, with the New York Yankees favored to come out of the American League, and the Philadelphia Phillies the National League favorite.