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Breaking News: Rollins, Snelling On 15-Day DL

The Phillies today placed shortstop Jimmy Rollins on the 15-day DL. He had been nursing a sprained ankle for a week, trying to get back into starting status.

They also placed outfielder Chris Snelling on the 15-day DL with knee inflamation.

AA shortstop Brad Harman and AAA outfielder TJ Bohn have been called up as replacements. Harman was hitting .222 with a homer and three RBI for Reading. Bohn was hitting .190 for Lehigh Valley.

Absolutely atrocious news. Yesterday Phillies fans were cheering on Rollins as he pinch hit against the Mets; the cheers sad, wild hopes of a fan base struck to the face by a front office’s mistakes. As the days carried on and Rollins never cured, it became more obvious that Rollins had to go on the DL. Instead, they refused to list him, instead giving him one-shot pinch appearances to keep the fans happy. Atrocious.

Snelling’s injury is merely a kick-em-while-they’re-down piece of news. Snelling was the fifth outfielder, called up after Shane Victorino injured his calf and hit the DL. Now he’s down for 15 days, and suddenly, that heralded outfield depth is a wasteland: TJ Bohn is barely AAA-quality.

Now the 22-year-old inexperienced Harman becomes a body on the bench, stunting his growth as he gets maybe three at bats for the next two weeks. The Phils almost have to make a move to get some outfield depth, at the very least; truthfully, they’ll need a new shortstop. Eric Bruntlett cannot start for what is seemingly a contending team.

I wrote before the season that I had a weird feeling this was the year Jimmy Rollins wouldn’t play all 162 games. I also wrote the Phillies would lose their wheels and crash on the side of the road if they lost Rollins for an extended period of time. Sadly, I was completely correct on the first statement; now the Phillies will have to attempt to gain control of the bus. It’ll be extremely difficult.

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  1. Mike T.

    April 20, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    The only good side to this story is that it’s happening now, and not in August/September. We can push through this, one annoying game at a time.

    Let’s stay positive, our bats will wake up any day now.

  2. Geoff

    April 20, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    Now it becomes apparent that this team has no depth at all. tj bohn is like 30 i think, and the other guy ive never heard of. they didnt want to toy with cardenas’ growth by seeing what he can do in the majors either by trying him at shortstop for a game or giving him some major league at bats. they migh tneed to make a move but with what? they dont have pitching to trade. the few good position player prospects they have are too valuable to trade in a situation like this.

  3. typhoon

    April 20, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    It is ashame that the Phillies didn’t put Rollins on the DL when he was first injured. It’s too bad that Snelling is injured now, but with his injury history I’m not really surprised.

    What I really can’t understand is why Bohn and Harman were called up. The Phillies’ AAA aren’t very great but Brandon Watson is putting up better numbers than Bohn. I guess that Harman gets the call because Jason Donald is injured and but I would have expected the Phils to call up Chris Woodward instead.

  4. Bill

    April 20, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    The whole things stinks and now the Phillies will not have Rollins for 25 games as a starter because the team buried their head in the sand. I hope April will not come back and bite us yet again because of this but the Phillies will have a hard time winning without Jimmy.

    http://myteamrivals.typepad.com/phightin_phils_phorum/

  5. Justin

    April 21, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Does anyone know anything really about Harman, I mean is he any good I’ve heard on 950 or 610 i can’t remember that him and bohn are career minor leaguers but I can’t imagine if he’s a career minor leaguer why they’d put him on their 40 man roster then bring him up from Double A to see what he’s got.

  6. Tim Malcolm

    April 21, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Brad Harman isn’t a “career Minor Leaguer.” He’s a prospect — No. 10 on the Phuture Phillies list. He’s 22 and is from Australia, signed as an undrafted free agent. In 2005 he performed well enough in Lakewood to move up to Clearwater, where he spent two more years. Last year he improved there, and went to Reading at age 22. He’s at the right age for his progression, but will be blocked by Utley and Rollins. He has potential to be converted to 3B, but is more likely a trade candidate.

  7. Justin

    April 21, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    That makes me feel better, i didn’t think he was a career minor leaguer but i don’t watch a lot of Reading or Clearwater games to know if they saw something that I wasn’t seeing.

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