Rollins Once Again Headed to DL; Kendrick Faces Dice-K in Saturday Night National Tilt

Rollins Once Again Headed to DL; Kendrick Faces Dice-K in Saturday Night National Tilt

The bad news first. After tweaking his right calf while getting out of the batter's box on Friday night, Jimmy Rollins will indeed be heading to the disabled list for the second time this season. According to CSN's Leslie Gudel, it's a grade one strain that GM Rubem Amaro Jr. says is "a two week thing."

I guess the good news is that the Phillies have been playing some solid ball the past few days and are coming off a series opening win over the Red Sox. As mentioned yesterday, Wilson Valdez cleared waivers and will take Jimmy's roster spot for the time being.

The Red Sox will throw Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-1, 7.89) this evening. Dice-K is coming off of an awful start on Monday in which he gave up 7 earned on 9 hits in 4.2 innings pitched in a no decision against the Yankees.

Kyle Kendrick will try to continue the string of impressive efforts from the Phils' starters. The Phils starters have lasted at least six innings in 18 of 19 starts in the month of May.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 this evening from the Bank. The game will be televised nationally on FOX. Thankfully, I'll be sitting in the stands tonight and will not be forced to listen to that broadcast.

Update: We thought it was national but I guess there is another game (Yankees-Mets) on FOX tonight that you could be getting. Sorry about that.

Malcolm Jenkins is prepared for both a zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump as president

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Malcolm Jenkins is prepared for both a zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump as president

A zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump becoming the President of the United States of America are both nightmare scenarios for many people. But Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins is prepared in the case of either.

At least that's what he says.

The Philadelphia Eagles have a bye this week, so Jenkins found the time to post the below video to Twitter, teaching us a little bit about his quirks.

"Something you might not know about me is that I'm a half-hearted doomsday prepper. For the last two or three years I've been silently preparing myself for a zombie apocalypse... or Donald Trump becoming President, whichever comes first. Communications, food, protection, everything, I've been stockpiling. I took a zombie survival course a couple of years ago," Jenkins said.

"Hopefully I won't have to use my skills."

 

Tonight's lineup: Tommy Joseph's last start of the year?

Tonight's lineup: Tommy Joseph's last start of the year?

Tommy Joseph, who has been missing from the lineup lately, starts at first base and bats fourth tonight.

Joseph will most likely be making his final start of the season with Ryan Howard expected to start the final games of the season. Joseph is batting just .235 against the Braves this season, but does have two home runs. The rookie first baseman has 21 home runs and 15 doubles in 104 games during his first season in the majors. 

Howard will be playing what are almost definitely his final games in a Phillies uniform this weekend vs. the Mets.

Maikel Franco bats fifth and plays third base. Franco, who has been hot lately, has three home runs and is batting .320 over his last 25 at-bats. He will look to continue his success against the Braves, as five of his 25 home runs this season have come against them.

Cameron Rupp gets a day off behind the plate and will be replaced by veteran catcher A.J. Ellis. Ellis has exceeded expectations in a short sample since coming over in the Carlos Ruiz trade last month. Ellis is 8 for 28 with a home run and nine RBIs in 10 games with the Phils. He's batting .285, which is astronomically better than his paltry .194 mark with the Dodgers. 

Part of the reason for Ellis' start could be his history against Braves starter Josh Collmenter. He is 4 for 11 with two home runs and four walks against the former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher.

Here is tonight's lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Maikel Franco, 3B
6. Cody Asche, LF
7. A.J. Ellis, C
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jeremy Hellickson, P

And for the Braves:

1. Mallex Smith, CF
2. Dansby Swanson, SS
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Matt Kemp, LF
5. Nick Markakis, RF
6. Anthony Recker, C
7. Jace Peterson, 2B
8. Rio Ruiz, 3B
9. Josh Collmenter, P