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Dusty Baker doesn’t expect Scott Rolen to play again this year

Sep 13, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

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Scott Rolen has been out since mid-July following shoulder surgery and manager Dusty Baker told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he doesn’t expect the veteran third baseman to play again this season.

Rolen was initially given a 4-6 week recovery timetable and as recently as August 29 expressed optimism about being close to a return, but he also has a long history of shoulder problems and with the Reds out of contention there’s little reason to push him for some relatively meaningless late-season appearances.

Rolen, who hit just .242 with a .676 OPS in 65 games before being shut down, is under contract next season for $6.5 million at age 37. He’s hopeful that the surgery will eventually give him increased shoulder strength, but at this point Rolen will enter 2012 as a big question mark.

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 13, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    Rolen is a proud man and was a very good baseball player. I enjoyed seeing him play in Toronto; however, I suspect that it is time for him to retire.

    • firedude7160 - Sep 13, 2011 at 10:35 PM

      I regrettably have to agree with you. I have been a huge fan of Rolen ever since his AA Reading Phillies days. It was a little hard to see him leave the Phillies, but I couldn’t hold it against him. He wanted, and deserved, to play for a contender and I was very happy to see him get a ring in ’06. He plays the game the right way, and gives 100% every night. The only guy I have seen with the combination of fielding, hitting and speed Rolen had is Ryan Zimmerman.

  2. cintiphil - Sep 14, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    It is too bad that Cinti probably lost the guy for good. He has had this injury way back to the Cardinal days, and we all thought it was corrected with surgery. I suppose not. It will probably reoccur if he intends to play next year. He gave us some great days here.

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