PHILADELPHIA — Jimmy Rollins thought a ball hit his calf when he felt a sharp pain as he started running a sprint.
When Rollins turned around and didn't see a ball trickling away, he knew he might be in trouble. He still ran the sprint to test his leg and realized he'd better sit out the Phillies' home opener.
The three-time All-Star shortstop won't be returning to the lineup anytime soon after being placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right calf.
"It's unfortunate," Rollins said Wednesday. "From Monday to today, it's much better. I thought it was torn."
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said an MRI exam revealed a mild to moderate strain, and Rollins is expected to miss two to four weeks.
Amaro said the injury isn't as severe as the one CF Shane Victorino sustained in 2007.
Victorino missed significant time with a strained calf in 2007-08.
"It requires some rest," manager Charlie Manuel said. "The longer we play, the more we'll miss him, his whole game. He's a top-notch player."
Rollins, 31, the 2007 NL MVP, was injured during warmups before Monday's game against the Nationals.
AARON HONOR: Hank Aaron and six other Hall of Famers attended the dedication of his home-turned-museum in Aaron's hometown of Mobile, Ala., along with commissioner Bud Selig. The white clapboard home was relocated to Hank Aaron Stadium, where the Double-A Mobile Bay Bears play. The luminaries attending included Willie Mays, Reggie Jackson, Ozzie Smith, Bob Feller, Bruce Sutter and Rickey Henderson.
MLB HIRE: UCLA professor Dr. Gary Green was hired as Major League Baseball's medical director and will evaluate the sport's drug programs. Green has been a consultant to baseball on steroids since 2003.
ANGELS: Closer Brian Fuentes went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained back. The left-hander, a four-time All-Star who hasn't pitched since opening day, said he tweaked his back while lifting weights last week.
CARDINALS: Backup C Jason LaRue went on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury. C Bryan Anderson was recalled from Triple-A Memphis.
CUBS: 1B Derrick Lee was held out because of inflammation in his right thumb. … RH reliever Esmailin Caridad went on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right forearm.
D'BACKS: C Miguel Montero is scheduled for surgery on his right knee today to repair a torn meniscus.
DODGERS: Backup C Brad Ausmus, 41, is set to have surgery today to repair a herniated disc in his back and is expected to miss at least three months.
INDIANS: CF Grady Sizemore was back in the lineup after missing two games with a sore back.
MARLINS: LF Chris Coghlan, the former East Lake High standout and 2009 NL rookie of the year, sat out because of sore ribs. … RH reliever Jose Veras was designated for assignment, and RHP Chris Leroux was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans. INF Emilio Bonifacio was optioned to New Orleans, and OF Brett Carroll was reinstated from the disabled list.
METS: RHP John Maine will remain in the rotation despite two rough outings to start the season. "He's definitely going to have his next start," manager Jerry Manuel said after talking with Maine for 30 minutes.
ORIOLES: Closer Mike Gonzalez went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left (pitching) shoulder.
RANGERS: LHP C.J. Wilson was scratched from his scheduled start in Cleveland after a bout of food poisoning.
RED SOX: LF Jacoby Ellsbury sat out for a second straight game because of bruised ribs and is unlikely to play today.
TWINS: The contract of LH reliever Ron Mahay, a 13-year veteran, was selected from Class A Fort Myers.