SAN DIEGO -- His back spasms no longer bothering him, Reds third baseman Scott Rolen was ready to play on Saturday. But Reds manager Dusty Baker stuck with the hot hand by starting Todd Frazier instead vs. the Padres and lefty starter Clayton Richard.
Frazier, batting .274 overall entering the night, was batting .381 (8-for-21) with two home runs and seven RBIs in the first six games since Rolen's back locked up last Sunday.
"[Rolen] checked out OK. Frazier is playing pretty good right now," Baker said. "What I always like to do is when a guy says he's OK, I like to give him an extra day. Frazier has been good against left-handers and very productive."