David Murphy is reporting Jimmy Rollins is likely to be placed on the United States roster for the World Baseball Classic.
This all comes from Mike Schmidt, who is pumping Rollins up across the country. Rollins will be backing up shortstop Derek Jeter (seriously, Rollins is better).
But Rollins might be the only Phillie on the American squad; both Cole Hamels and Brad Lidge turned down invitations. Which I’m happy about. Honestly, this World Baseball Classic takes away a good bit from the focus of Spring Training. Sure, a game is a game, but I’d much rather have all my guys at camp, working together, teaching together, learning together.