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Reinjured calf puts Phils star back on DL

PHILADELPHIA — Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins went on the 15-day disabled list again Saturday after reinjuring his right calf.

Rollins missed 29 games with a strained right calf before rejoining the lineup Monday. He returned to his customary leadoff spot Friday but left in the sixth inning of a 5-1 victory over Boston after feeling a pop while running to first base on a single.

An MRI exam Saturday revealed a strain, general manager Ruben Amaro said.

In 12 games, Rollins is batting .341 with a .462 on-base percentage and a .634 slugging percentage.

"There's no sense in playing around with it. … His legs have to be well," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.

MAINE HURT … kind of?: Mets RHP John Maine acknowledged that his right shoulder is bothering him, then quickly backed away again, saying he thought he could remain in the starting rotation.

Maine is set to visit a doctor Monday for more tests that should determine what the next move is.

"There's still something going on back there," said Maine, who had surgery in September 2008 to remove a lesion from the back of his right shoulder socket. "Who knows what it is? It's something that has to be found."

Maine went on the DL on Friday and said then that he thought the move was unnecessary.

TWINS FORGIVING: The Twins are giving Carlos Gomez a break for his accidental bat flip that hit former teammate Joe Mauer.

After hitting a late homer Friday night with the Brewers trailing 15-0, Gomez tossed his bat and stared before beginning his trot. The bat struck Mauer, who was unhurt.

Gomez apologized. Mauer said he realized Gomez didn't mean any harm and can get caught up in the moment but said he needs to curtail his flamboyance.

In other Brewers news, Joe Inglett left Saturday's game in the fifth with a sprained left ankle.

OSWALT DENIES 'DEMAND': Astros RHP Roy Oswalt said he has not demanded a trade, but he questioned the direction of his team and thinks a deal might be the best thing for everyone. Oswalt, 32, said that it's time for him to move on and that he thinks he has a two-year window to contribute to a World Series championship.

CHAVEZ DOWNBEAT: Athletics DH Eric Chavez is injured again and acknowledges his career could be over. "It might be," said Chavez, 32. "I don't know what the future's going to hold." The 13-year veteran went on the 15-day disabled list with what he called two bulging discs in his neck.

CARDINALS: RHP Brad Penny went on the 15-day disabled list with a strain in his upper back, although the team says it's a minor injury.

CUBS: RHP Carlos Zambrano is set to throw 60-65 pitches in a simulated game Monday, a step toward returning him to the rotation after an uncomfortable stint as a reliever.

NATIONALS: LHP Scott Olsen went on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his pitching shoulder. … C Ivan Rodriguez left the game against the Orioles after the third with lower back tightness.

RED SOX: LF Jacoby Ellsbury was activated off the disabled list and was in the lineup for the first time since April 11, when he injured his ribs.

Reinjured calf puts Phils star back on DL 05/22/10 [Last modified: Saturday, May 22, 2010 9:23pm]
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