"Hamstring" has always been a gross term to me. Just a big pink hunk of pig meat, dangling and slowly spinning at the end of a string, dripping bacterial grease. Guh.
And then to strain one. Jesus. Jimmy Rollins apparently did so Monday night, to his left hamstring, causing him to leave the game in the fourth inning and be replaced by Freddy Galvis at shortstop.
The Pirates' Jeff Locke had cruised for three innings, until Jimmy tripled in the fourth and was knocked in by Ryan Howard. However, Jimmy appeared injured and faded into the night, the raucous Pirates fans filling Citizens Bank Park shouting farewell and good night.
Jimmy Rollins leaves the game. Didn't look comfortable at third after tripling in the bottom of the fourth inning.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) September 9, 2014
Initial assumptions are that he's out for the season, which, this being September of a non-playoff year, seems like a pretty good bet. As it was pointed out, teams don't really put players on the DL come September, as the expanded rosters leave plenty of depth without having to make a move.
Truly, Jimmy's 35th year was a doozy for a shortstop on a last place team. He'd appeared in 137 games, the third highest among NL shortstops, and checked in at fourth for hits (130), doubles (22), and home runs (17). He hit .243/.323/.390 and contributed 3.8 WAR while making $11,000,000 in the third year of a three-year, $33 million deal with an option for 2015.
Take that, Phillies all-time multi-hit game record!