Rollins away from team after wife gives birth

Rollins away from team after wife gives birth

Rollins away from team after wife gives birth
PHILADELPHIA -- Jimmy Rollins was not in the lineup Monday after his wife, Johari, gave birth to their first child, a baby girl, late Sunday night. The Phillies' shortstop wasn't available to play in the game.

Freddy Galvis moved to shortstop, while Mike Fontenot started at second base. Placido Polanco, who was held out of the lineup the previous four games with a sore left ankle, was back hitting second. Juan Pierre took Rollins' spot as the leadoff hitter.

Galvis, who has been Philadelphia's everyday second basemen in place of the injured Chase Utley, was hitting .242 with three home runs and 19 RBIs entering Monday.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. addressed the question Monday about Galvis' status once Utley returns. Amaro said it's possible Galvis could be a player who bounces around the infield and plays a few times a week, but Amaro also noted he does not want to stunt Galvis' growth as a player.

Galvis, a natural shortstop who has played great defense at second base, also took ground balls at third base in Spring Training.

"He's played pretty darn well," Amaro said. "It's a good problem to have. We'll see. Freddy's a guy who can play several positions. ... Right now, we're just focused on getting those guys back and healthy.

"I would rather have [Galvis] be in a position to be collecting at-bats, because I don't want to stunt the guy's growth. Really, he's been an asset to us, especially defensively. I don't know where we would be without him. That's kind of strange to say, but think about it."