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Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins leaves before finale at Rangers to go home for birth of child

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins has returned home to Philadelphia to be with his wife for the birth of their second child.

Rollins played in the first two games, but left before Wednesday's series finale at Texas.

PHOTO: Philadelphia Phillies' Jimmy Rollins hits a grand slam home run against the Texas Rangers during the second inning of an opening day baseball game at Globe Life Park, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.  (AP Photo/Kim Johnson Flodin)
Philadelphia Phillies' Jimmy Rollins hits a grand slam home run against the Texas Rangers during the second inning of an opening day baseball game at Globe Life Park, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Kim Johnson Flodin)

Manager Ryne Sandberg says he's not sure how long Rollins will be out. The Phillies were a player short Wednesday night.

Rollins was not immediately placed on the paternity list. The Phillies have a day off Thursday before playing at the Chicago Cubs on Friday.

Jayson Nix, acquired Friday in a trade from Tampa Bay, started at shortstop against Texas.

In Monday's season opener, Rollins matched Cal Ripken's major league record with his 14th consecutive opening-day start at shortstop for the same franchise. Rollins also hit a grand slam, his 200th career homer.

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