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Jimmy Rollins Returns; Greg Dobbs DFA’d, Ruiz to DL

Jimmy Rollins was activated from the disabled list today, rejoining a Phillies club that has gone 9-18 since he went down with his second calf injury this season. Rollins was placed on the DL on May 22.

Carlos Ruiz was sent to the disabled list with a head injury, as well.

Those of you calling for the end of Greg Dobbs, your wish has come true. Dobbs was designated for assignment today. Mike Zagurski was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Scott Mathieson was sent back to AAA.

In just 12 games this season, J-Roll is batting .341 with two homers and seven RBI.  His return comes at a time when his presence is desperately needed in the order.  Rollins gives the Phillies an element that was surely lacking over this elongated slump – passion. Perhaps his bat and glove – and charismatic approach to the game – will kick start the Phils who are now 5.5 games behind Atlanta in the NL East.

Here are some interesting J-Roll stats courtesy of our own Michael Baumann:

  • The Phillies are 759-659 when he plays. In wins, he’s hit .310/.367/.507, while in losses he’s hit .231/.284/.359.
  • His OPS is almost 100 points higher for his career with men on than with the bases empty, and his OPS with 2 outs is 35 points higher than with 1 out and 44 points higher than with no outs.
  • J-Roll is coming back at a good time. Jimmy Rollins has a higher career BA, OBP and SLG against Toronto than any other team.
  • His start was truly spectacular. In 12 games this season, J-Roll contributed 1.1 WAR. He had only 2.6 in 155 games last season.
  • This jump in WAR might be due to a 19.4% walk rate, more than twice his previous career high.
  • He hits 200 points higher when he’s ahead in the count than when he’s behind. So his patience, which was lacking, is very much rewarded.
  • His season will hinge on two things: 1. whether that walk rate sticks (it won’t be close to 20% all year, but he could stick it at 13 or 14 instead of 6 or 7 like normal), and 2. whether that hot start was the result of the walk rate or the .353 BABIP.

Dobbs has been awful this season, far removed from his years as one of the best pinch hitters in all of baseball. He batted just .152 this season with one home run.




    June 22, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Great to have Jimmy Rollins back. I hope they have not pushed him and that he has been safely rehabilitated, although he probably is about 80 to 90 percent. Wonder if he’ll start tonight? Interesting and enlightening facts about Rollins. Maybe we can print them out and mail them to him. Might help.

  2. Dan

    June 22, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Mike Missinelli reported on ESPN 950 that the Phillies have talked to the Astros about Roy Oswalt. He said he heard from his “sources” that the Astros like Victorino a lot. I don’t know how much sense that makes unless that would move Pence over to left and have Shane play in right. Oswalt is due a lot of $$$ so I don’t think the Phillies would seriously be interested unless Houston was willing to pick up a portion of his contract. And even if that happens I doubt Brown, Cosart, Singleton, Colvin or Gose would be available. I think they are going to ride out with what they currently have on their roster (two straight WS appearances by the way) and at the deadline maybe make a move for a bench player and a left handed reliever.

  3. Ed R.

    June 22, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Pence played right field all of last year so it’s not like he can’t play a corner spot.

    I would be all for trading Vic but I don’t really like Oswalt, especially at his salary.

    If Vic was moved for anyone, Francisco would be the starter and I think Mayberry gets the call up.

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  5. Dan

    June 22, 2010 at 3:34 pm


    Shane just signed that 3/22 contract so maybe Houston would make up some of the difference. Victorino has to eventually be moved, one would think, with Gose and Gillies both younger, cheaper and controllable coming up.

  6. Ted Bell

    June 22, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    They should just say “no thanks” to Oswalt. Sooner or later (hopefully sooner) RAJ needs to think about bringing some younger players in. He’s been a little too enamored with these guys in their mid-30’s. Oswalt’s best years are behind him and he’s still owed a ton of money.

    I’m Ted Bell.

  7. Chuck

    June 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    All I know is …..NO MORE GREG DOBBS!!!!!!

  8. Chase

    June 22, 2010 at 3:43 pm


  9. Chase

    June 22, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Werth and Minor Leaguers for Oswalt and Pence.

  10. Chuck

    June 22, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    I love this time of year with all the “rumors”….

  11. psujoe

    June 22, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    LOL. I was just looking at Zags stats yesterday and wondering if they were going to call him up. Nice move. I like Matiason, but have resigned myself to the fact he needs more time.

  12. The Dipsy

    June 22, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Why would we trade for a starting pitcher? We don’t need one. We need a lefty in the bullpen and a righty bat off the bench. Who would Oswalt go in the rotation for? Moyer? I don’t see it. Doc/Cole/Blanton/Happ/Moyer should be enough to get it done. What do you guys think of Jermaine Dye?

    The Dipsy

  13. Dan

    June 22, 2010 at 4:10 pm


    You’d be confident with Blanton as your number 3 heading into a potential playoff series? Also, I don’t know how much you can count on Happ at this point. Forearm injuries are always tricky.

  14. Kevin

    June 22, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    I wonder if Jimmy will be anxious to swing the bat again – and if he is, I wonder how that will affect his walk rate…

  15. Don M

    June 22, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Anyone want to tell me why the Astros would want to add Werth, who they’ll lose …. and trade Hunter Pence in the process??

    Dipsy, are you related to Jermaine Dye? you’ve been pushing for the guy all year long … he turned down offers that he didn’t think paid him enough money … so after sitting around all year, he’d be rusty.. and off the bench, wouldn’t ever play enough to shake the rust .

    I think in the second half, we see Mayberry get called up and Castro gone

  16. The Dipsy

    June 22, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    If Happ is not gonna make it then I would most definitely go after Oswalt. Of course, the question would be what to trade? Oswalt is gonna go get traded. Lee, Oswalt, Haren….there are gonna be arms available. We don’t have anything to trade though. Madson?

    The Dipsy

  17. The Dipsy

    June 22, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    I would think that a guy like Jermaine Dye would be keeping himself fit and ready. How would you like to see him in LF against LHP instead of Ibanez? You could platoon him out there now with Ibanez. The guy is just a flat out hitter. Do you think he is really going to sit out the whole season and turn down 1M from a WS contending team if it was offered. One of these days, very soon, Dye is going to realize that its not 2004 anymore and that he’s gonna have to eat some humble bye OR play shuffleboard for the rest of is life.

    The Dipsy

  18. Andrew from Waldorf

    June 22, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    The Phillies have a very easy schedule between now and the all star break. Starting with 3 vs the indians. Then the home games that are supposed to be away with the Blue jays and 7 vs the Reds and 4 vs the Pirates. Perfect time for him to be coming back. Id say anything below .750 winning percentage is not acceptable.
    Ruiz will be missed. Hope his head issue isnt lingering.
    Dobbs had to go. Seems like a good guy so its a shame he cant give yoy anything. Maybe going down and playing every day will get him back on track.

  19. Christian Michael

    June 22, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    To Don M – It would absolute sense to the Astros if they traded for half a season of Jayson Werth.

    1.) They would likely only have to pay Werth around 4 million for the remainder of the season.

    2.) Assuming that they do not go out and sign any Type A free agents this offseason and they let Jayson Werth walk they could potentially have their 1st round pick (high), the Phillies 1st round pick (high 20’s), a sandwhich/compensatory pick and any prospects they could get for Oswalt.

  20. The Second John

    June 22, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    I’ve always liked Zagurski. Nice to see him back up. Same goes for Rollins. I am a little surprised that the Phills chose to send down Dobbs over Castro, but Dobbs had been struggling big time.

  21. The Second John

    June 22, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Why would they trade for a pitcher? They should be trying to get a bench bat or a bullpen arm.

  22. Christian Michael

    June 22, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    as a followup to my last post – that’s assuming that Elias’s formula qualifies Werth as a Type A free agent. He might just miss making Type A free agent status.


    June 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    We have nothing to lose if we go after Dye. If he is in shape and willing to take a significant pay cut. He is probably itching to go.

  24. George

    June 22, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Dye is not going to be a mere bat off the bench. He’s said so himself a number of times.

    I’m not surprised by the Dobbs DFA. The Phils might still need someone like Castro who can play middle infield, what with the concerns over Rollins, and even the anemic Castro was hitting better.

    And speaking of concerns, there is Ruiz. Concussions have ended careers. I’m hoping his won’t. Even if he’s only out a couple of weeks, it puts a damper on everything from the pitching staff to the offense. No slight intended to Schnieder; he’s been pretty good. But what happens should Sardhina have to play? He’ll be in some games if only because starting catchers need rest sometimes.

    Zagurski, to me, is a question mark; he hasn’t been very effective in the majors in the past. But a second lefty was needed. I hope he does well for a change.

  25. Nunzio Scholeri

    June 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Just adding a vote of agreement that starting pitching is not our priority right now. I mean, if we had to start a playoff series today, going purely by who’s been the most effective and successful, our top 3 might well be Halladay, Hamels, and Moyer (who saw that coming?). Beyond those 3, we have Blanton who is likely to get his stuff together (we hope), Happ who will be helpful, and Kendrick who has improved to the point of being an acceptable 5th starter when you need him. It’s a long season, and folks have time to improve, so I feel like we have enough starting pitching.

    As far as what could make the most difference for this team’s chances, well, a top of the line bullpen arm would be nice, but since that’s probably not happening, I really don’t see the team making any big changes. Anyone we could afford at this point wouldn’t be a game-changer, and I would hope RAJ would be smarter than to deplete our system even more to acquire someone who wouldn’t make a big difference.

    For better or for worse, I feel like these are our 2010 Phillies.

  26. Chris.I

    June 22, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Two words…..”Thank God”

  27. John

    June 22, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    The Phillies need pitching and it was a very bad mistake to sign Blanton for 5 million dollars. Roy Holliday and Cole Hamels are good but need one more pitcher that is good. Jamie Moyer is going to get crushed in the Playoff or against a Yankee team. They need a young hard throwing ace. They should be playing some young players like the Yankees are doing with Swisher and Brett. Get rid of Ibanez and Dobbs as soon as you can.

  28. Papa Thompson

    June 22, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    As much as everybody seems to hate Dobbs right now, I don’t think the Phillies would have DFA’d him if their hand hadn’t been forced by Chooch needing more time. (You can’t DFA Castro.)

    I also don’t think we’ve picked up anything simply by moving Dobbs. Dane Sardinha’s numbers would lead me to conclude he’s way worse than Dobbs. I guess you could argue Valdez/Castro is better off the bench, and you’re not often going to PH a catcher anyway. But I’d have been happier if Dobbs was here and Chooch was back.

  29. Ted Bell

    June 22, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Papa Thompson, nothing personal against Dobbs, but he clearly wasn’t going to be a contributer this season. He had a bad year last year and followed it up by being even worse in 2010. I don’t see the point of keeping a guy around simply to get some warm fuzzy feeling of 2008 again. He was wasting a roster spot.

    I’m Ted Bell.

  30. pheeling it

    June 22, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    CARLOS RUIZ GET BETTER SOON! Most underrated catcher in the game of baseball. Get well soon brother! Good luck!

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