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Troublesome shoulder puts Scott Rolen back on the DL

Jul 22, 2011, 6:34 PM EDT

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Incredibly enough, Scott Rolen started at third base for the NL All-Star team earlier this month.  That may go down as his one good memory from 2011.

Rolen was placed back on the disabled list Friday because of more pain in the left shoulder that’s troubled him for years.  Rolen had played in just one game this week, going 1-for-4 against the Pirates on Wednesday.  He’s hit .242/.279/.397 with five homers and 36 RBI in 252 at-bats this season.

With Juan Francisco also shelved, the Reds picked Todd Frazier as his replacement.  Frazier, 25, was hitting .260/.340/.467 while splitting time between third base, first base and left field for Triple-A Louisville.  He had 15 homers and 17 steals, but he had also fanned 82 times in 90 games.

Expect Miguel Cairo to get most of the starts at third base for now.  The journeyman utilityman has exceeded expectations once again this year, hitting .288/.353/.410 in 139 at-bats for the Reds.

The Reds probably won’t go looking for a starting third baseman in trade talks, but they would be smart to bring in someone better than Edgar Renteria to help out.  Renteria is batting just .232/.306/.278 and the Reds have refused to use him anywhere other than shortstop, where he isn’t an asset any longer anyway.

  1. metalhead65 - Jul 22, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    not to worry reds fans I am sure walt is searching nursing homes across the country for another washed up ex-cardinal to take his place. forget pitching the reds need a new manager who knows what he is doing and a gm who does more than trade away prospects and sign guys who used to play for him st.louis.

  2. firemarshal1 - Jul 22, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    Reds, need a third baseman and a left fielder that can actually hit.

    • metalhead65 - Jul 22, 2011 at 11:24 PM

      the reds need a 3rd. baseman but not a left fielder. what they need is a manager who will play the left fielder they have everyday(heisey) for the rest of the season. but that will never happen under dusty unless they trade for walt’s boy ludwik in san diego. because only ex-cards are allowed to play everday no matter how far past their prime they are. players like renteria and that whiner who played a couple of games before blowing out his Achilles on a home run trot last year. yea I am talking about edmonds.

  3. firemarshal1 - Jul 22, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    I think, I’m going bunt a guy with a two strikes, with a man third. One of the most stupidest Managerial calls I have ever seen in MLB.

  4. cintiphil - Jul 23, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Well, I think the Reds are toast this year. Without a good year from Rolen, and no regular guy in left field, they are going no where. However, the biggest problem the Reds have is in starting pitchers. They needed Arroyo to have another good year. Instead, he is a flop, and showing the reason Boston traded him. He is not consistent and gives up too many long balls. Before you redbird fans cheer too much, you have just as many holes on your team, with the absence of a good defense, a poor hitting center fielder and no relief pitching, not to mention a so-so closer, and no number 4 starter. In fact, after Carpenter and Garcia, the other two guys are almost as bad as Arroyo.

    I am still picking Milwaukee for this division winner. Cinti will not be in the race, but neither will St. Lou.

  5. thefalcon123 - Jul 23, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    For those who don’t remember, Rolen’s shoulder problems began in early 2005 with what looked like a fairly harmless collision with Hee-Sop Choi. I never would have thought that collision would have so thoroughly derailed his career.

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