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Nov 16, 2012 9:41pm
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CINCINNATI, Ohio – Reds third baseman Scott Rolen went back on the 15-day
disabled list Saturday because of more soreness in his left shoulder, a chronic
problem late in his career. Troy Polamalu Youth Jersey . The 37-year-old
infielder had surgery to clean out the shoulder last August, but hasnt fully
recovered his swing. He was batting only .174 with two homers and 11 RBIs when
he called the team on Saturday and suggested something had to be done. Rolen is
on the final year of his contract and knows it could be his last. “I called them
today and said this isnt working, Im hurting, Im in pain,” Rolen said, standing
outside the clubhouse in uniform after the move was announced shortly before the
start of a game against Washington. “Im not healthy right now. As much as I want
to help the team, Im hurting the team. “I was fighting to stay on the field. One
thing I talked about all spring was I wanted to play the season, I didnt want DL
time. I didnt want to talk about the pink elephant in the room, and here were
kind of talking about it. Im not healthy right now.” Rolen briefly teared up as
he talked about the shoulder problem that could end his career before long. He
played in only 65 games last season because of it, then was slow to recover from
the surgery. His next step is to go on a stretching and strengthening program to
try to get rid of inflammation in the shoulder. Hes hopeful that he can get the
problem under control and get back on the field. “I dont see this as a real
long-term thing,” Rolen said. “Its not like a surgical procedure or anything
like going down that road again. Ive had a tough time with it. Im in a bad spot
with it right now.” Cincinnati called up third baseman Mike Costanzo from
Triple-A Louisville before the second game of a series against the Nationals.
The 28-year-old infielder will make his major league debut. He split time
between Double-A and Triple-A this season. Hines Ward Je