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Slumping Rolen not hampered by injury

Slumping Rolen not hampered by injury

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Slumping Rolen not hampered by injury
ST. LOUIS -- One of several slumping Reds hitters, third baseman Scott Rolen took a .121 average into Tuesday's series opener against the Cardinals. The team's cleanup hitter, he was 2-for-16 with five strikeouts in the previous four game series against the Nationals.

Rolen led the club in hitting during Spring Training with a .356 average. Last season, when he struggled with a .242 average and five home runs in only 65 games, he was playing with an injured left shoulder. This early-season slump is not related to a health issue, however.

"He looks healthy. He left Spring Training healthy," manager Dusty Baker said. "He really hasn't done anything not to be healthy. He's just getting off to a slow start. It's all over baseball, these slow starts. When he left Spring Training, he was swinging great."

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