Just sayin: Scott Rolen

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Last weekend in this space, I had a pretty hard time advocating the Reds going after 34-year-old oft-injured third baseman Scott Rolen. Could you blame me?

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Games played:

2005- 56
2006 – 142
2007- 112
2008 – 115

That’s an average of 106 games played.

To his credit, Rolen has put together a nice comeback season, hitting
.314/.366/.468 with eight homers and 43 RBI. It was enough for Walt
Jocketty, his former general manager in St. Louis, to bring him to
Cincinnati in exchange for third baseman Edwin Encarnacion along with
prospects Josh Roenicke and Zach Stewart.

The fact that Rolen is already out of action on Monday after getting
hit by a pitch on Sunday is purely coincidental to my original point.
Worse yet, Walt Jocketty sold low on Encarnacion, a 26-year-old slugger
who is batting .205/.324/.361 with five homers an 16 RBI in an injury
plagued season. Teams like Cincinnati, by all accounts out of the race,
should be buying low on talents like Encarnacion, not buying high on
deteriorating players like Rolen.

Just sayin, Cincinnati.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.