Michael Martinez was hit in the right foot yesterday by a Jim Johnson pitch and broke the fourth metatarsal. The Phillies haven't released a timetable for his return but you have to figure at least 4-6 weeks. And for a player like Martinez, who is otherwise useless without his superhuman speed, it might be longer.
[How can a player with that much speed not get out of the way of a pitched ball? And is he so fast that he can start running in the opposite direction of the Earth's rotation, reversing said rotation, thereby going back in time before the pitch and preventing the broken foot? I guess not with a bum wheel he can't. But I digress...]
This leaves Jimmy Rollins and Freddy Galvis the only two players in camp that can legitimately play shortstop and Galvis is probably destined for a starting role at second base, because Chase Utley is somewhere getting fitted for an on-field Life Alert system in case he falls down and can't get back up.
But don't worry. Rollins never gets hurt and Utley will return with the strength of a thousand men in 4 weeks because he's Chase effin' Utley. So there's no way the Phils will have to play Pere Orr or Hector Luna or re-sign the No-Talent Assclown or... gulp... play Ty Wiggy at second base.
Yup, nothing to see here. Move along.
I got my copy of Todd Zolecki and Jim Salisbury's book "The Rotation" yesterday. I'll post more about it when I actually get a chance to read it, but if you want one, get your browser over to Amazon or someplace like that and buy it already. Support our Philly writers. [ Except Conlin...]