Jimmy Rollins Hits Stand-Up Inside-the-Park Home Run

Jimmy Rollins Hits Stand-Up Inside-the-Park Home Run

Sure, the Phillies may be in last place. And the Washington Nationals may be in first. But Bryce Harper looked more like a doofus rather than one of the best young players in baseball when he ran into the right field wall and tumblesaulted onto his back in the fourth inning on Tuesday night as a baseball lay motionless a dozen feet away in the outfield grass.

Jimmy Rollins touched 'em all after ripping a ball off Stephen Strasburg. Harper lay motionless for a moment after hopping awkwardly into the wall. He eventually got up to retrieve the ball but it was too late. J-Roll didn't even have to slide at home plate, good for his fourth career inside-the-park home run.

The Phillies tuned up the Nationals' ace for 6 runs in 4.0 innings.

Cliff Lee knocked in a RBI and subsequently stole a base earlier in the game as well.

Oh yeah, and Kevin Frandsen (who?) hit a two-run home run, his first long ball since... 2007.

Enjoy the little things, Phillies fans. They're all we have left this season.

Video: Rollins earns a two-run inside-the-parker

...the Phillies lead 6-0 heading into the top of the 8th as of this posting...

Top Photo Caption: Philadelphia Phillies' Jimmy Rollins (11) celebrates with teammates after Rollins hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

6 months later, Cubs' Kyle Schwarber returns for World Series Game 1

6 months later, Cubs' Kyle Schwarber returns for World Series Game 1

CLEVELAND — Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber's rehab finished just in time for the World Series.

Schwarber will bat fifth and be the designated hitter for the National League champions in Game 1 on Tuesday night against Cleveland's Corey Kluber. Schwarber hasn't played in the majors since tearing ligaments in his left knee on April 7 in a collision with teammate Dexter Fowler.

Dallas Cowboys orthopedic surgeon Dr. Daniel Cooper operated 12 days later to repair torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments. He was expected to miss the rest of the season but was cleared to return on Oct. 17.

Schwarber played a pair of games in the Arizona Fall League, going 1 for 6 with a double and two walks, and flew to Cleveland on Monday.

Nerlens Noel undergoes surgery on sore left knee

Nerlens Noel undergoes surgery on sore left knee

Nerlens Noel has had surgery on his sore left knee, and the Sixers have not disclosed a timetable for the disgruntled center's return.

Noel has been out since the team's first preseason game. He initially had a left groin strain before experiencing soreness in the knee during rehab, and it was discovered he had an inflamed plica. 

The team is calling the surgery a "minor elective arthroscopic procedure." It was performed in New York by Dr. Riley J. Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Noel eventually will travel to Birmingham, Ala. to rehab with associate clinical director Kevin Wilk at Champion Sports Medicine.

The Sixers expect to have a timetable for his return once Noel returns to Philadelphia. According to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Noel is expected to miss three to five weeks. 

This has been a rough preseason for Noel, who hasn't hidden his displeasure with his role on the Sixers' jammed frontcourt. The team has until Oct. 31 to extend his rookie contract but, per a report in the Inquirer earlier this month, the two sides have yet to discuss it.