Amaro sees no tension between Sandberg and Rollins
Jimmy Rollins is just 2 for 15 this spring, with a homer, three RBIs, three runs and four walks. (AP)
After sitting out three consecutive games, Jimmy Rollins returns to the Phillies' lineup when they play the Pirates Friday afternoon in Bradenton.
Manager Ryne Sandberg told reporters Thursday that Rollins' unusual benching was not a disciplinary measure, though that was difficult to believe based on the events of the previous days. Rollins was originally scratched from the Phillies' lineup Tuesday, hours after he was quoted in the Daily News as saying "Who cares?" in regard to the Phils' mounting spring woes.
Freddy Galvis played shortstop all three games, going 1 for 8 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. The Phillies, 4-10-2 this spring, beat the Orioles on Wednesday and the Yankees on Thursday for their first winning streak of Grapefruit League play.
"I talked to [Rollins] about [the 'Who cares?' comment],” Sandberg told reporters Thursday. “First of all, I know and believe that everyone in the locker room, including my staff, cares. I wanted him to clarify that because I wanted to make sure that he cared.
"He was referencing himself and where he’s at right now as far as his offensive stroke and what he’s doing on the field,” Sandberg said. “So he was speaking for himself, that he wasn’t that concerned with it being that early in the spring.
"I wanted to make sure -- I know that everyone else in the locker room cares. So when he told me about what he was talking about, it made sense.
"Jimmy cares. I wanted to make sure that he wasn’t speaking for the ballclub with ‘Who cares?'"
Rollins is just 2 for 15 this spring with a homer, three RBIs, three runs and four walks.
Here is the lineup behind fifth-starter candidate Jeff Manship (0-0, 1.29):
1) Tony Gwynn Jr., CF
2) Jimmy Rollins, SS
3) Chase Utley, 2B
4) Carlos Ruiz, C
5) Ryan Howard, 1B
6) Darin Ruf, LF
7) Domonic Brown, DH
8) John Mayberry, RF
9) Cody Asche, 3B
Manship has impressed this spring, allowing just one run on four hits over seven innings, with one walk and six strikeouts.