Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Rollins Returns and More Roster Moves


Jimmy Rollins has been activated from the disable list and will lead off for the Phillies in Tuesday's series opener with the Indians in Philadelphia. Rollins has been out of action since May 22nd with a strained right calf.

In 12 games played this season, Rollins is batting .341 with 2 homers, 7 RBI and 11 runs scored.

Phans who have been aggressively damanding that the Phillies part ways with Greg Dobbs (.152 avg, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 4 runs in 42 games) have gotten their wishes. Today, the Phillies designated Dobbs for assignment to make room for J-Roll. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told reporters today that the decision to trim Dobbs from the roster was a difficult one and acknowledged that Dobbs' role on the team was not an easy one.

Carlos Ruiz, who was hit in the head with a bat on Friday, has been placed on the disabled list. Initially, Ruiz showed no signs of a concussion, and was kept on the Phillies' 25-man roster, but further diagnosis on Tuesday showed that Ruiz did not feel well enough to remain active, so he was placed on the DL.

Filling Ruiz's void on the roster will be lefty reliever Mike Zagurski, who last pitched with the Phillies in 2007. Zagurski missed the entire 2008 season after needing Tommy John surgery and has been working his way back to the Majors ever since. In 29 games with Triple-A level Lehigh this year, Zagurski held opponents to a .196 avg. and had a 2.35 ERA and 45 strike outs in 30 2/3 innings.

Zagurski told me last season that his goal was to simply stay healthy and pitch well so the Phillies would have no choice but to consider him for an open spot on their pitching staff. Now, more than 2 years and 10 months since his last Major League appearance, Mike Zagurski is once again in the big leagues and is more than excited to be back there after all the hard work. Click here to check out last season's interview with Mike, with info about his rehab, his Phillies debut and plenty more.
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