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Scott Rolen returns to Reds after more shoulder problems

Jun 18, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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Scott Rolen changed his mind and agreed to go on a minor-league rehab assignment to show the Reds his perpetually injured shoulder was strong enough for a return from the disabled list and apparently homering at Triple-A over the weekend convinced them he’s ready.

Rolen is back from the DL after missing the past five weeks, although how much he’ll play remains unclear. Not only was he hitting just .174 before being shut down, rookie Todd Frazier has thrived filling in at third base with a .278 batting average, seven homers, 10 doubles, and a .914 OPS in 43 games.

It’s possible that manager Dusty Baker could make room in the lineup for both players by using Frazier in the outfield, but at this point in his career it hardly seems worthwhile to alter any plans in the name of getting Rolen into the lineup more often. Since the beginning of last season the 37-year-old has hit just .224 with a .640 OPS in 94 games.

  1. kscott91685 - Jun 18, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    I do agree that its hard to take Frazier out. Drew Stubbs has been a little nicked up so that should help buy some playing time until he comes off the DL. Frazier’s bat has been a great addition to the Reds lineup and I hope Dusty can find a way to keep it in there.

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