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Change of plans: Scott Rolen agrees to rehab assignment

Jun 14, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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Earlier this week Scott Rolen indicated that he’d prefer not to go on a minor-league rehab assignment before returning from the disabled list, but apparently the Reds have talked him into playing a few games at Triple-A.

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Rolen will begin his rehab stint tomorrow and spend the weekend in Louisville, at which point the Reds will likely activate him from the DL if there hasn’t been a setback.

And that’s far from a sure thing, as Rolen has a lengthy history of shoulder problems that have derailed his career several times and hasn’t played since May 11. In fact, his latest shoulder injury was so bad and Rolen is so sick of dealing with the discomfort that there was initially some speculation that he might simply call it quits.

Instead he’ll do some rehab and give it one last try after hitting just .174 in 29 games before being shut down. Todd Frazier has a .900 OPS filling in at third base, so in theory at least Rolen shouldn’t be guaranteed playing time.

  1. metalhead65 - Jun 14, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    your starting third baseman and batting cleanup for the reds as of Mon. ……..Scott Rolen! dusty does not need your stinking theories! if scottie is healthy he will start! since when does logic have anything to do a with a dusty baker lineup? have to get that cold bat of Rolen’s lukewarm,now that is dusty logic at it’s finest!

  2. mrredlegz - Jun 14, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Maybe if Todd Frazier blows out his shoulder and ages at 3X the normal rate, he’ll eventually earn a spot as the Reds’ full time 3rd baseman. Hate to sound like a dick, but praying for a setback.

    • jwbiii - Jun 14, 2012 at 10:57 PM

      Maybe Frazier can convince Baker that he’s Dominican and he’s really 30.

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