Scott Rolen: “I’m hurting, I’m in pain”

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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:

“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.

Brandon Belt, Jaime Barrios set new modern record with 21-pitch at-bat

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Angels starter Jaime Barrios and Giants first baseman Brandon Belt set a new modern record with a 21-pitch at-bat in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Anaheim. Belt fell behind 1-2 and mostly kept fouling pitches off. The count ran full on the ninth pitch and Belt would foul off 11 more pitches before finally lining out to right field.

As Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle notes, the previous record was set on June 26, 1998 when the Indians’ Bartolo Colon and the Astros’ Ricky Gutierrez battled for 20 pitches. Gutierrez eventually struck out.