Rolen on track for Monday return

Rolen on track for Monday return

NEW YORK -- Reds third baseman Scott Rolen hit a three-run homer in a rehab game for Triple-A Louisville on Saturday, and Reds manager Dusty Baker said on Sunday that the plan remains for Rolen to rejoin the club on Monday in Cleveland.

"Since he didn't get hurt, and we'll find out the conditions of how his legs feel and his back [he should return Monday]," Baker said. "When you haven't played, and you're bending up and down and bending over for nine innings, it's like starting all over again in Spring Training almost. If you're playing your position and playing it properly, you're doing movements you have to condition for a month or six weeks to do."

Rolen, who was expected to participate in two rehab games, went 2-for-6 in two games with Louisville this weekend.

The 37-year-old has appeared in 29 games for the Reds this year, batting .174 with two homers and 11 RBIs. It remains to be seen how Baker will reshuffle his lineup card with Todd Frazier, who has filled in admirably in Rolen's absence.

Frazier has hit .278 with seven home runs and 22 RBIs in 43 games, but also has experience at other positions.