PHILADELPHIA -- The more Charlie Manuel thought about it, the more he thought he should make the change. When he arrived at Citizens Bank Park early Sunday morning, he made out a lineup that has shortstop Jimmy Rollins leading off, as usual.
That batting order was duly posted with a green dry erase marker, just outside the clubhouse door.
But as the players began to filter in, the manager began having second thoughts. Rollins was hitless in his last three games. He was batting .187 in his last 22 games. So Manuel strolled into the clubhouse and told Michael Martinez he was starting at short.
"I just think [Rollins is] tired and needs a day off," Manuel explained. "I had been thinking about it and then I just decided to do it."
Joked Rollins, who is hitless in four career at-bats against Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill: "Tell them I have a broken foot. Tell them I broke my finger."