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Scott Rolen out 4-6 weeks following shoulder surgery

Aug 3, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

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On the disabled list since July 22 with a left shoulder injury, Scott Rolen underwent surgery today to remove bone spur fragments and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

Rolen has a long history of shoulder problems and hit just .242 with five homers and a .676 OPS in 65 games before the DL stint, although his defense at third base remained spectacular.

He seems unlikely to return until mid-September and perhaps not at all this season, leaving veteran utility man Miguel Cairo and rookie Todd Frazier to share time at third base. Predictably manager Dusty Baker prefers the 37-year-old Cairo, giving him nine of the dozen starts since Rolen went down.

Juan Francisco may eventually be an option to replace Rolen, but he’s currently on the disabled list in the minors following knee surgery of his own.

  1. halladaysbiceps - Aug 3, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    This is bad news for Reds fans. Rolen is the greastest defensive 3rd baseman I have ever seen in my lifetime with the exception of Mike Schmidt. Rolen also has a history of back problems, as well. It’s scary to think of the kind of offensive numbers he would have put up if he was more healthy throughout his career.

  2. metalhead65 - Aug 3, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    to bad it has to end this way but it is time to hang them up Scott. the reds can no longer depend on you to be in the lineup for even half a season. the smart thing for the reds to do would be to give they they just called up Todd Frazier a shot to play full time and see if he is the answer or if they need to go find another third baseman. but since rusty is in charge when can be assured this will not happen. he of coarse will play the 38 year cairo instead and frazier will get the once a week treatment like their best hitter in the minors they brought up to watch him sit on the bench.

    • gabrielthursday - Aug 4, 2011 at 5:04 AM

      Let’s see, Rolen is a Cooperstown-level player who has put up 4.4 and 4.9 WAR seasons the last two years, and there’s every chance his below-par batting this year has been at least partly caused by these bone chips. Let’s put it this way- when Rolen gets back, you have to be crazy to prefer Todd Frazier to a perennial all-star.

  3. phillyphever - Aug 3, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Time to hang it up Rolen.

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