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Family funeral to extend injured Rollins' absence from lineup

Updated: April 18, 2008, 2:06 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who's been reduced to three at-bats in the Phillies' last seven games, apparently won't return to the starting lineup until Saturday at the earliest.

Last year's National League MVP has been nursing a sprained left ankle. But Thursday and Friday, he won't be with the team at all; he will be attending his uncle's funeral in California.

Rollins injured his ankle in an April 8 game against the Mets and it still feels sore. He told the Philadelphia Inquirer after ...

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