CINCINNATI -- Scott Rolen will not play during this weekend's series against Houston, Reds manager Dusty Baker confirmed Saturday. Rolen had told MLB.com that he has a protrusion in two discs in his lower back which were revealed by a MRI conducted Wednesday.
"He'll at least be out this weekend," said Baker. "We'll just do what we need to do in the meantime."
Despite playing without Rolen, a 37-year old veteran and important clubhouse presence who has batted .314 since the All-Star break even with the nagging back issues, the Reds have a viable option at third base in NL Rookie of the Year candidate Todd Frazier.
Frazier is hitting .356 in his past 28 games and has reached base in 29 straight games.