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Scott Rolen is having a tough time

Jul 1, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

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When Scott Rolen was placed on the disabled list in mid-May after experiencing renewed discomfort in his troublesome left shoulder, many wondered whether that might be it for the veteran third baseman.

Whether he might hang up his cleats for good.

He didn’t, returning to Cincinnati’s active roster about two weeks ago. But things still aren’t going well.

As noted by John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Rolen has no hits and eight strikeouts in his last 16 at-bats. He’s batting just .184/.243/.312 overall, and there seems to be no end in sight for his offensive struggles.

But Reds skipper Dusty Baker said Saturday that he’s going to stick with Rolen, who turned 37 in April:

“Rarely is less more, especially when you’re trying to get your stroke,” said the manager. “You can’t just look at now. You’ve got to look at his career. I’m into the big picture. Sometimes I’m into the small picture. But sooner or later, water seeks its own level. They get back to where they’re supposed to be – or at least pretty close.”

The problem is Rolen, a .281/.364/.491 career hitter, probably isn’t capable of getting back to where he’s “supposed to be — or at least pretty close.” Not at age 37, and not with lingering soreness in an area of his body that’s been fragile for several years.

  1. Fink - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    The problem is Rolen, a .281/.364/.491 career hitter, probably isn’t capable of getting back to where he’s “supposed to be — or at least pretty close.” Not at age 37, and not with lingering soreness in an area of his body that’s been fragile for several years.

    .242/.279./.397 in 2011 proves that point. Reds fans have been saying this since May, and though hopeful Rolen can at least get to .250, it seems as if Rolen is no longer capable of being the everyday starter Dusty forces him to be.

  2. mikeincmn - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Its completely shocking Dusty would rather play a washed up vet than a younger player.

  3. metalhead65 - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    as a reds fan I am completely shocked that he has not bounced back into form or untill the last 2 games the reds have struggled with him as their starting third baseman. who could not have seen this coming along with the guy who replaced him struggling since being benched or forced to play left field? oh yeah everybody buty dusty baker that’s who! I nearly threw up when I saw he had him batting cleanup in the game Phillips missed this week,he just can’t help himself when it comes to sticking with washed up vets. I bet he is talking to the reds gm everyday about how the reds miss willie harris and his .088 left handed bat in the lineup to.

  4. footballchic777 - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Dusty, Oh Dusty! Get your head out of the clouds and do the right thing. We all love Rolen, but he cannot take the daily grind anymore, and we need production! Quit coaching on sentiment! I cannot believe Dusty is still coaching!

  5. footballchic777 - Jul 1, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    And that HR by Frazier just now proves our point Dusty!

  6. chumthumper - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    So sad that age and health problems have caught up with Rolen. Even though he has gone over to the dark side, I’ll always remember him as a Cardinal.

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