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A source tells CSN Philly that Rollins has a Grade 2 calf strain, an injury that usually requires a trip to the disabled list.
This diagnosis is far from official, but Rollins was not moving well after the game and the feeling is that this is more than a minor, day-to-day injury. An MRI scheduled for Tuesday should reveal more information.
On Monday Rollins strained his calf muscle just before the Phillies home opener against the Washington Nationals. He did not play and is said to be getting an MRI.
The calf muscle refers to a group of muscles, above the Achilles tendon in the back of the leg. The media portion is the part nost commonly strained.
A calf strain can range from mile to severe. Grade one means the muscle fibers are stretched. This is a mild injury.
Grade two means there is partial tearing of the muscle fibers (anywhere from 10 to 90-percent affect.)
Grade three is the most severe. It refers to when there is a complete tear in the muscle. It is rare.
Grade two is the most common grade of calf strain. It typically takes three to six weeks for recovery.
Podiatrist Dr. Nick Taweel of the Rothman Institute at Jefferson says calf strains are common from the professional athlete to the weekend warrior.
"It's a stretching injury when the muscle is stretched beyond its excursion and the fibers are torn."
Treatment starts with rest, ice, compression and medication as needed.
Athletes then undergo sports specific rehabilitation. The typical recovery time for a grade 2 strain is 3 to 6 weeks but can be quicker for athletes.
However, we do not know the extent of Jimmy Rollins injury.
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