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Monday, August 11, 2008

SportTicker: Blue Jays place 3B Rolen on DL

Following Sunday’s 4-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians, the Toronto Blue Jays placed third baseman Scott Rolen on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his left shoulder. The move comes after Rolen was scratched from the starting lineup for the second straight day and replaced at third base by Marco Scutaro.
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“He’s not hurting as far as pain,” Gaston said prior to the game. “He just doesn’t have a lot of mobility. We’re trying to get it stretched out so he can have more.”

However, the discomfort has persisted since Rolen, who is batting .252 with seven homers and 38 RBI in only 88 games games this season, revealed on July 30 that his surgically repaired shoulder was causing him pain.

NTNgod Posted: August 11, 2008 at 12:39 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: August 11, 2008 at 12:50 AM (#2897770)
Easy to say the Cards won the challenge trade. Or was that the consensus long ago?
   2. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: August 11, 2008 at 12:56 AM (#2897789)
Depends on whether or not Rolen can rebound and produce in 2009 and 2010, in which he under contract for $11M/yr. Glaus has a $11.25M player option for 2009 that he is almost certain to decline.

Rolen will still only be 34 next year. If he can rebound to the player he was in 2006 (126 OPS+ with good defense) then he can be a decent value. I'm not optimistic, but until we see how the final two years of Rolen's contract play out, I don't think you can say that the Cardinals won the trade.

Of course if he totally tanks, then the Cardinals would have won big time--by even more than the difference in 2008 between Glaus and Rolen.
   3. NTNgod Posted: August 11, 2008 at 01:00 AM (#2897795)
Actually, part of the trade was that Glaus would pick up his 2009 player option.
   4. shozzlekhan Posted: August 11, 2008 at 01:04 AM (#2897803)

Or was that the consensus long ago?


Nope.

On July 1st, Rolen was hitting .288/.377/.474 in the AL with awesome defense and Glaus was hitting .265/.368/.453 in the NL with mediocre defense.

Since then. . .
   5. greenback needs a ride, not ammo Posted: August 11, 2008 at 01:06 AM (#2897807)
Glaus's defense has been pretty good. (Dial has him at +6.)

Rolen's shoulder is such a mess, and it seems to degenerate, that I'd be careful with any results over a month or two.
   6. John DiFool2 Posted: August 11, 2008 at 03:39 AM (#2898024)
Rolen will still only be 34 next year. If he can rebound to the player he was in 2006 (126 OPS+ with good defense) then he can be a decent value.


"Only" 34? Many players decline past the replacement line by that age, and Rolen's been dogmeat 2 of the past 3 years. IOW I certainly wouldn't bet on it.
   7. MSI Posted: August 11, 2008 at 11:40 AM (#2898086)
Ricciardi seems to acquire players with injury risks like they don't exist at all. Rolen, Thomas, Glaus in the first place, Burnett, Ryan, apparently they knew of Wells shoulder before signing him to 7/126, etc.

Not only that but the way he plays them, throwing out Ryan for a month before TJ and bringing him back a month early, overusing McGowan and Marcum during stretch runs in seasons when they won't make it, and then watching their arms blow out. etc. Heck Marcum has seen Dr. James Andrews this season for his elbow already, and even though the team clearly won't make the playoffs, he's being trotted out there, just putting more mileage on his arm.
   8. Rants Mulliniks Posted: August 11, 2008 at 01:02 PM (#2898106)
JP keeps proving himself to be the Jays biggest problem. He's delusional.
   9. BaseballObscura Posted: August 11, 2008 at 03:12 PM (#2898200)
JP keeps proving himself to be the Jays biggest problem. He's delusional.


But at least he loves baseball.

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