CINCINNATI -- Injured third baseman Scott Rolen hoped that he and his surgically repaired left shoulder could get into a game before the end of the season. That isn't going to happen after Rolen saw team medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek on Tuesday. "Doc kind of said yesterday, 'Let's not take ground balls anymore,'" Rolen said on Wednesday. "Let's not do exercises. Let's let your shoulder relax for a little bit, get itself settled down. In a month or so I can get back to exercise. I agree with that 100 percent." Rolen hasn't played since July 22 and had arthroscopic surgery on Aug. 3 to remove bone spurs and fragments in a joint in his shoulder. He batted .242 with five home runs and 36 RBIs in a season where his injury hampered him at the plate.
"Next year I have aspirations of having a healthier shoulder," Rolen said. "I know I have a healthier shoulder right now. Going into Spring Training, I will get myself in shape." It's also unlikely that catcher Ryan Hanigan will see action the rest of the way because of back issues. Hanigan has had spasms, and an MRI taken on Tuesday revealed two inflamed discs. Hanigan is going to get an epidural in his back on Thursday. He hasn't given up on playing again this season, though, and manager Dusty Baker is still listing him as his third catcher. "We'll see," Hanigan said. "I'm going to try and get it calmed down, and will see how it feels after I get an injection. There is no damage, nothing long-term." Both Rolen and Hanigan will take the Reds' final road trip of the season to Pittsburgh and New York. "They're part of the team," Baker said. "If you're part of the team, I believe you should be with the team. This isn't football, where if you're hurt you don't travel with the team and don't even hang around the team."