Jimmy Rollins responds to Ryne Sandberg benching him

David Brown
Philadelphia Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg stands in the dugout during the Phillies' exhibition baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota, Fla., Friday, March 7, 2014. The Orioles won 15-4. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Jimmy Rollins spoke to reporters in Florida on Thursday about being benched for the Philadelphia Phillies' past three spring training games. While unhappy, he doesn't sound too worried about it, actually. And though he disagrees with manager Ryne Sandberg, he also doesn't quite know what's bugging Sandberg about how he is conducting himself.

Rollins added that if player and manager need to speak, it will be Sandberg who initiates the conversation, says reporter Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer:

The first hint of any issue came after Wednesday's game in Sarasota, Fla., when Sandberg offered no explanation for Rollins' three-day benching. Unprompted, Sandberg praised Freddy Galvis' "energy and his positive influence." When asked about Rollins in that regard, Sandberg said, "No comment."

"Well, everyone is allowed to have their own opinion," Rollins said Thursday. "It doesn't make it right, but he's the manager so he gets to have the last say."

Gelb (and Rollins, for that matter) go on to say that there's a learning curve involved for all parties. The players are getting used to Rollins and Sandberg is getting used to managing them.

The question: Is Sandberg going to realize that Rollins, who is 35, probably will continue to pace himself and not sprint at every opportunity — if that's what Sandberg seeks — and is that going to be acceptable? Because it doesn't sound like Rollins is too worried about Galvis taking his plate appearances away once the real season starts.

UPDATE: Reporter Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News writes that Rollins is probably going to play Friday:

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