Rolen shrugging off nagging injuries

Rolen shrugging off nagging injuries

PHILADELPHIA -- If you've found a Major Leaguer that's feeling 100 percent healthy in October, it's a good bet that he hasn't played much during the season.

Take a few more health percentage points off if they're 35 and over like Scott Rolen. The Reds third baseman was nagged by injuries toward the end of the regular season.

"Nobody is 100 percent," Rolen said on Friday before Game 2 of the National League Division Series vs. the Phillies. "I was struggling down the stretch with neck, back and shoulder stuff. It'll clear up around Christmas. It's not something I'm worried about."

Rolen, who batted .285 with 20 home runs, 83 RBIs and a .358 on-base percentage over 133 games in the regular season, had his least productive split in the season's final month -- a .241 average with seven RBIs over 24 games. Rolen had 17 homers in the first half of the season and three in the second half.

"Right there towards the end, I was kind of lowering my hands a little more and taking some of the tension off," Rolen said. "As I get into at-bats more, hopefully things take care of themselves."

Through two Reds losses in the NLDS, Rolen is 0-for-7 with five strikeouts.

Lifetime in the regular season at Citizens Bank Park, Rolen is a .319 hitter with two homers and 17 RBIs.

Rolen has been the one Reds player getting the most venom from booing Phillies fans in the NLDS. He played for Philadelphia from 1996-2002 before his trade to the Cardinals.

"It's certainly expected, the reception I've gotten," Rolen said. "I don't expect anything different tonight."