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Scott Rolen working toward comeback, but “no timeline” for return

Jun 8, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

Scott Rolen AP

Scott Rolen has had so many shoulder problems over the years that the Reds placing him on the disabled list last month led to speculation that he might be finished.

Rolen even had doubts about playing again, which were echoed by manager Dusty Baker, but for now at least he’s giving it a go.

Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that Rolen took batting practice and fielded ground balls on back-to-back days for the first time since being shut down on May 12. And afterward Rolen said he “felt good” and is “ready to go out and do it again and progress this way.”

Of course, he also admitted that there’s still “no timeline” for his return and with rookie Todd Frazier sporting a .900 OPS as the primary third baseman the Reds have no reason to push the 37-year-old.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 8, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Don’t call it a comeback, he’s been here for years.

  2. metalhead65 - Jun 8, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    the problem is no matter how well Fazier plays the minute rolen is cleared dusty will have him starting and batting cleanup. look if the surgery he had last year did not help and he came into this year saying he felt better than he had in years,then what good is just resting a month going to do? he was not getting the job done before they put him on the dl and won’t once he comes back. he needs to to accept being a bench player and pinch hitter and that’s it. but dusty will not see it that way and that will only put the brakes on Frazier’s develompent. he only started playing third base full time this year so it is not as if this will be the best he will ever be.

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