Dusty Baker doesn’t expect Scott Rolen to play again this year

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Scott Rolen has been out since mid-July following shoulder surgery and manager Dusty Baker told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that he doesn’t expect the veteran third baseman to play again this season.

Rolen was initially given a 4-6 week recovery timetable and as recently as August 29 expressed optimism about being close to a return, but he also has a long history of shoulder problems and with the Reds out of contention there’s little reason to push him for some relatively meaningless late-season appearances.

Rolen, who hit just .242 with a .676 OPS in 65 games before being shut down, is under contract next season for $6.5 million at age 37. He’s hopeful that the surgery will eventually give him increased shoulder strength, but at this point Rolen will enter 2012 as a big question mark.