Rolen's sore back keeps him out of lineup

Rolen's sore back keeps him out of lineup

CINCINNATI -- Reds third baseman Scott Rolen, who has not played since Aug. 7 because of a sore back, was out of the lineup once again on Tuesday vs. the Mets. However, Rolen was on the field before the game taking batting practice and seemed to be moving around freely.

"He mentioned that he possibly could play today, but we've still got to make sure," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We don't want him to keep coming on and off. We want to keep him on as much as we can, as long as we can."

Despite the extended absence, the Reds have avoided placing Rolen on the disabled list.

"It depends on how much longer it goes," Baker said. "If he's better, then he won't [go on the disabled list]. If we thought it was a DL thing, we wouldn't have waited this long. We've been operating short. We've been operating with 22-23 guys the last three or four days."