Reds place Scott Rolen on disabled list with shoulder strain

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Scott Rolen’s shoulder problems are back.

According to Reds beat writer Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, the veteran third baseman was placed on the disabled list on Sunday afternoon with a muscle strain in his left shoulder.

The Reds are hopeful that he will only need 15 days to recover, but Rolen is 36 years old with a long history of shoulder injuries. It could be a while.

Chris Valaika was recalled from Triple-A Louisville in a corresponding move to take Rolen’s roster spot, but it will be Juan Francisco and Miguel Cairo handling starting third base duties for the next few weeks.

Rolen has posted a .217/.246/.417 batting line, two home runs and 12 RBI through 65 plate appearances.