SAN DIEGO -- It appears that Reds third baseman Scott Rolen's back spasms have improved enough that a trip to the disabled list shouldn't be needed.
"I don't want to go on the DL. I'm hoping that's off the table," Rolen said on Thursday. "I plan on being available [Friday] for sure. My activity level went up. I ran some sprints. I did some stuff in the weight room."
Rolen has not played since last Friday, but was scratched just before Sunday's game at San Francisco when his lower back locked up.