LOS ANGELES -- Jimmy Rollins loves California.
He was born and raised in Alameda, just outside Oakland and just across the bay from San Francisco. But he also tweeted his love for the entire state Sunday, including Southern California, which is interesting only because the Dodgers and Giants might try to acquire a shortstop before the July 31 Trade Deadline, and the Phillies might be willing to trade him.
But it won't be easy.
The first trick in any potential Rollins trade: He is owed about $25.7 million through 2014, which does not include an $11 million option for 2015 that automatically vests based on 600 plate appearances in 2014 or 1,100 plate appearances in 2013-14. The option is pretty easily attainable, if Rollins stays healthy. It also is a lot of money.
The second trick in any potential Rollins trade: He has 5-and-10 trade rights, meaning he must approve any trade. Rollins could require a team pick up the $11 million option to accept it, which could be a deal killer.
So would Rollins waive his trade rights?
"It's not a question to be answered," he said.
Rollins was asked a few more times, but he declined to offer any sort of a concrete answer. Was he playing coy, not saying yes, but not saying no?
"You're going to write whatever you want to write," he said. "You want to write a story."
Ah, but it would be a much more interesting story if he answered the question.
"I'm not going to help you write that story," he said.
It is mentioned the Phillies look like sellers, there are two California teams that could be interested in him and he is a California guy.
"Northern California," he said.
Hey, the Giants are a Northern California team. They could use a shortstop.
"Yeah, that's true," he said with a smile.
Phils hope Bastardo turned corner in Colorado
LOS ANGELES -- The Phillies were encouraged with Antonio Bastardo's scoreless appearance in Sunday's victory in Colorado.
He struck out one and threw only seven pitches, which were all strikes.
"If he can have a couple more outings like that, I'm sure his confidence will go up and he'll start turning the ball loose," manager Charlie Manuel said.
The Phillies need a better Bastardo badly. He is 2-3 with a 5.16 ERA in 35 appearances.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he could turn Chase Utley and Ryan Howard loose very soon. They have been playing two games on and one game off since returning from the disabled list.
"I'll watch them tonight and tomorrow night," Manuel said. "We'll see. Sooner or later we've got to keep building them up where we've got to turn them loose. The sooner the better."
Outfielder Laynce Nix has been on the disabled list since May with a strained left calf. He could return soon, maybe even before the end of the weekend. "He's getting close," Manuel said. "He's probably got another two or three more games to play. We'll see."
Nix went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Monday's rehab game with Class A Clearwater.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.