Injuries could hurt Phillies in weeks ahead

The Phillies have announced they will decide whether to put short stop Jimmy Rollins on the 15-day disabled list this week. Rollins has been on fire so far this season batting .391 and an on base percentage of .516.

Rollins has been a crucial element to the Phillies success so far this year, as the team is currently 6-1 after the first week of the season. If Rollins does get placed on the disabled list, which is very likely, Juan Castro will take over as short stop.

Castro, however, is not expected to produce the way Rollins has so far this season. Castro is only a career .230 hitter, but is a solid defensive player.

Another injury to keep an eye concerns right fielder Jason Werth. Werth injured his hip in the fourth inning of Monday’s home opener. However, Werth is expected to be day-to-day and his injury is not expected to be as serious.

The Phillies have been dominating the National League so far this season. The Phillies are currently first in the NL East and they are tied with the San Francisco Giants for the best record in the National League.

Several Phillies are leading the league in stats, most notably third basemen Placido Polanco. Polanco is currently second in batting average (.484) as well as leads the league in runs, 10, and hits, 15.

The Phillies have a string of home games to finish out this week against the Washington Nationals and Florida Marlins before traveling next week for an eight game road series against Atlanta, Arizona, and San Francisco.