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Rolen on the verge of being disabled

Former Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen, who now plays for the rival Reds, has a pulled hammy and could end up on the disabled list, according to an Associated Press report.

Rolen, had a cortisone shot in the hamstring today to see if a trip to the disabled list can be avoided. But it doesn't sound like the Reds are optimistic. He is listed as being out "indefinitely," which doesn't sound good.

We all knew this was bound to happen to Rolen, one of the most frustratingly injury-prone players of the modern era. He hasn't played in more than 128 games a season since he won a World Series with the 2006 Cardinals.

The injury happened Friday when Rolen tagged up on a sacrifice fly and tried to run home. After the game, he came down with the flu.

Rolen was thought of as a potential MVP candidate not too long ago when his numbers nearly mirrored those of his former teammate, Albert Pujols. Over the last month, however, he's hitting only .231 with two homers and 11 RBIs. In the last two weeks, he's hitting .059 with no homers and no RBIs.

The Reds just aren't the same team without Rolen who is given much of the credit for the team's surprising season. On Sunday without him in the lineup, the Reds lost 1-0 on their home field to the Rockies to fall out of first place for the first time in nearly three weeks.