Rolen not giving up on return, but time is short

Rolen not giving up on return, but time is short

Rolen not giving up on return, but time is short
CINCINNATI -- Although injured Reds third baseman Scott Rolen has not played a game since July 22, and his team is out of contention, he isn't counting himself out yet.

During Reds batting practice on Tuesday, Rolen did not look like a player that was done for the season. The 36-year-old, who had left shoulder surgery on Aug. 3, took ground balls at third base and did his rehab workout -- which involved everything except for hitting.

"I'm not shutting it down, saying, 'That's it, I'm not rehabbing, I'm not running, I'm not fielding, I'm not hitting.' I want to do all of that," Rolen said. "I want to start hitting. Obviously, we're running out of time."

However, manager Dusty Baker doesn't expect Rolen to get into another game in 2011.

"Probably not," Baker said. "He was feeling great, and now he's kind of feeling fair. But anytime you get operated on, you're going to have those days where you think, 'Hey, everything is 100 percent.' Then you do something, and there's a good chance you overdo it and set you back a little bit."

Rolen, who is batting .245 with five home runs and 36 RBIs in 65 games, was close to returning to the lineup a couple of weeks ago. That was until he had a setback after taking batting practice on Aug. 31. He dialed himself back the next day but left the club the following weekend because of a death in the family.

Rolen didn't deny that he took too many swings and tried too hard to rush back, especially after the surgery gave him a range of motion that his shoulders hadn't experienced in years. Some muscles once dormant were barking from sudden use.

"I'm not concerned about it structurally or anything," Rolen said. "Honest to God, I feel better than before the surgery. It was the right thing. I don't think anybody envisioned that, when I had the surgery, I was going to overdo it in my rehab process."