Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who had not traveled with the Phillies to be with pregnant wife Johari, has made it to Texas. Rollins is scheduled to bat second this afternoon against the Texas Rangers. With this Opening Day start, there are a couple important records.
Jimmy Rollins' 14th straight Opening Day start sets NL record for consec. starts by SS for one franchise. CIN's Dave Concepcion started 13.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) March 31, 2014
Jimmy Rollins also ties Cal Ripken Jr. for big-league record. Ripken started 14 straight Opening Days at SS from 1983-96.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) March 31, 2014
Will Rollins get an opportunity to tie Ripken next season? Much could depend on Rollins' health in 2014. If Rollins reaches 440 plate appearances, his $11 million option will vest for 2015.