Reds third baseman Scott Rolen was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with pain in his chronically-troublesome left shoulder. And it sure sounds like this is going to be an extended absence:
Rolen: ‘I’m hurting, I’m in pain. I’m not healthy right now. As much as I want to help the team, I’m hurting the team. ‘ #Reds
— Tom Groeschen (@TomGroeschen) May 12, 2012
“I’ve had a tough time and I’m in a bad spot,” the veteran third baseman concluded. “It needs to be rested.”
Rolen, 36, is batting just .174/.238/.304 with two homers and 11 RBI in 101 plate appearances this season. He’s doubtful to heal quickly, and it’s safe to wonder whether this is the beginning of the end of his career.