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Blue Jays 3B Rolen will miss games due to shoulder


Blue Jays 3B Rolen will miss games due to shoulder
TORONTO (AP) - Scott Rolen plans to skip some games and cut back on his batting practice while undergoing an "extensive" rehab program for his surgically repaired left shoulder.

"I've been having some shoulder trouble, some problems with it," Rolen said. "Not strength, not flexibility, not surgery. Nothing like that. Mechanically it's not functioning right. The therapist looked at, the doctor looked at it. I talked to Cito and J.P. and we're going to try to get some extra days off. I'll keep playing, keep going out there and doing what I can do, back off in the cage a little bit."

Rolen was held out of the lineup Wednesday as Toronto wrapped up a three-game series against Tampa Bay. He is hitless in 17 at bats, has not homered since June 26 and is batting .163 (13-for-80) in July.

Rolen, 33, had surgery on his shoulder once in 2007 and twice in 2005. He was traded to Toronto last January in a deal that sent Troy Glaus to St. Louis.

"The trend has been too familiar the last few years," Rolen said. "At this time I've been going in the wrong direction and I'm going in the wrong direction offensively. At the plate there's been little to no life. There's a bit of a pulse, if you will, but not much."

Rolen is batting. 254 with six home runs and 31 RBIs in 82 games. He suffered a finger injury at the end of spring training, causing him to miss the first 23 games of the season.

Marco Scutaro, who filled in for Rolen earlier in the year, started at third Wednesday.

Rolen said there's no schedule for how frequently he might sit out.

"I'm not going to play twice a week," he said. "I plan on running out there still."

Rolen first injured his shoulder in a collision with Dodgers first baseman Hee Seop Choi on May 10, 2005.


Author:Fox Sports
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Added: July 30, 2008

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