Former Cardinal Scott Rolen is apparently unlikely to play in the team's season finale versus his Cincinnati Reds Sunday, after receiving a cortisone shot on Thursday in the left shoulder that hastened his exit from St. Louis in 2007. Rolen's bad shoulder caused an offensive decline that seemed to have abated in 2010, when he hit 20 home runs, the most he'd managed since the Cardinals' World Series championship season of 2006.
Since suffering the shoulder injury Rolen's hit just .279/.351/.457, a serious decline from his 1996 to 2004 marks of .286/.378/.520. The eight-time Gold Glove winner and six time All-Star could end up on the 15-day disabled list, though the Reds haven't yet made a decision.
In the meantime, his replacement, former Cardinal Miguel Cairo, has made the most of his time at the hot corner, driving in the game-winning runs in the Reds' Saturday victory over the Cardinals. In 67 games against St. Louis Rolen has hit .273/.369/.486, with 12 home runs and 41 RBI in 245 at-bats.