Jimmy Rollins is 36 and can’t change that. He struck out 100 times in 538 at-bats last season, and he can’t change that, either.
If you’re trying to be cautiously optimistic that he is still a high-caliber shortstop who can manufacture another top season, that he doesn’t want to change. That he wants to reinforce.
There’s a long season ahead for that to play out, but for one spring training game Saturday, he looked ready to deliver, collecting two hits, scoring once and driving in a run in the Dodgers' 7-2 victory over the Indians at Camelback Ranch in Phoenix.
Rollins looked like the steady, veteran shortstop the Dodgers thought they had acquired from the Phillies in the off-season, and good leading off and at the plate.
Rollins singled and scored in the third inning and doubled in a run in the fourth. Not quite halfway through the spring, he is batting .368 (seven for 19).
He had the Dodgers leading by a run in the bottom of the eighth when Yucaipa's Matt Carson, a 33-year-old outfielder who has mostly bounced around the minors for the past 13 years, hit a grand slam off Cleveland’s Anthony Swarzak.
Scott Van Slyke also homered and went two for three for the Dodgers.
On the mound, Brett Anderson gave the Dodgers a second consecutive encouraging start in as many spring outings. Anderson, slated to be the Dodgers’ No. 5 starter, threw three scoreless innings. He gave up two hits, one walk and struck out two.
Dustin McGowan, who is signed to a major-league contract, had another rough outing. He gave up one run on a hit, walk and wild pitch in two-thirds of an inning. He has a 12.00 ERA after three appearances.