Jimmy Rollins expected to be in lineup for opener

Jimmy Rollins expected to be in lineup for opener

March 30, 2014, 10:45 pm
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Jimmy Rollins and his wife are expecting the birth of their second child this week. (AP)

ARLINGTON, Texas -- As of late Sunday night, shortstop Jimmy Rollins was expected to be in the Phillies' starting lineup for Monday's season opener against the Texas Rangers.

Rollins did not accompany the team on its charter flight to Texas late Saturday afternoon so he could remain home with his wife, who is expecting the couple's second child this week.

Last week, Rollins told CSNPhilly.com that he intended to be with his wife when she gave birth. Baseball's collective bargaining agreement allows a three-day paternity leave. Players on paternity leave can be replaced on the 25-man roster. When Rollins goes on leave, the Phillies would have several options at shortstop including Cesar Hernandez and Jayson Nix. They could also bring up a shortstop from the minors to temporarily replace Rollins.

But as of late Sunday night, Rollins was expected to be at shortstop for the Phillies Monday afternoon.