ARLINGTON, Texas — Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins 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.

Manager Ryne Sandberg said he's not sure how long Rollins will be out. The Phillies will be 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, will start at shortstop against Texas.

In Monday's season opener, Rollins matched Cal Ripken Jr.'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.

A graduate of Penn State University, I worked at the Carroll County Times in Westminster, Maryland, before joining The Press in 2013.