Rollins close to returning

May 6, 2008 3:11:15 PM PDT
Jimmy Rollins thinks he almost is ready to rejoin the Philadelphia Phillies after going 2-for-4 with a solo homer Tuesday in an extended spring game against the New York Yankees. On the disabled list for the first time in his big league career, Rollins is recovering from a sprained left ankle. He singled, drove in two runs, walked twice and stole a base, batting four times from the left side and twice from the right. Rollins is 6-for-8 with a homer, three doubles and four RBIs in two extended spring training games.

"It's 90 percent, but it doesn't bother me," Rollins said of the ankle. "You warm it up, then cool it down, but you know it's there. It isn't the ligament, but where the bones kind of rub. But that is now problem because I have had that before in different parts of my body.

The reigning NL MVP hurt his ankle April 8 against the Mets thinks he will be back sooner than expected. He is to play for Clearwater of the Florida State League on Wednesday. The Phillies want him to play an additional rehab game after that.

"Their schedule is they want me to be here Thursday, but mine says I have a plane ticket," he said.