CINCINNATI -- Reds third baseman Scott Rolen, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder on Friday, was optimistic on Saturday that the injury wouldn't require more cortisone injections or surgery.
"I don't need a repair or anything," Rolen said. "I don't have a torn rotator cuff. I don't have a labrum that's torn."
Rolen missed most of 2005 with the Cardinals because of a torn labrum in the same shoulder that required surgery. It's been a problematic spot since. During his earlier DL stint from April 24-May 12, he received two cortisone shots on the shoulder to reduce his discomfort.
There was no specific incident that triggered the latest issue, but Rolen was in pain after the game and during Thursday's off-day spent at home in Indiana.
"I was driving back and called Paul Lessard, the trainer, and said, 'You can scratch me right now. Don't hold the lineup,'" Rolen said. "I've been fighting it here for a while. That might have been what I needed, was to actually be in pain. On the off day, I couldn't lift my arm."
Rolen was batting .242 with five home runs and 36 RBIs in 65 games this season. Planning to use the DL time to rest and rehabilitate, he's viewed the break as a chance to stop fighting it.
"I've been beating my ahead against the wall, scratching and clawing, trying to stay above .240," Rolen said. "I try not to be results oriented, but at the same time, you want to be productive for the ballclub. I wasn't helping the ballclub an awful lot offensively."