CINCINNATI -- Scott Rolen raised his left arm to shoulder level, then stopped. That's as far as it would go on Saturday, a day after the Cincinnati Reds put him on the disabled list again with an inflamed shoulder and neck.
It's an ominous sign for the struggling NL Central defending champions, who are much better with their third baseman healthy and in the lineup.
"I'm not overly mobile right now, so something's got to give," the 37-year-old infielder said. "I'm not ready to pick up a bat yet. There won't be any swings for a while."
Rolen went on the 15-day DL for the second time on Friday. He's had problems with the left shoulder since 2005, when he injured it in a collision with the Dodgers' Hee Seop Choi and had two operations.
He missed the last month of the 2007 season because of the shoulder, and had it cleaned out. He went on the DL again in 2008 with a shoulder sprain.
Rolen had one of his best first halves last season, batting .290 with 17 homers and 57 RBI. The shoulder and neck began bothering him in the second half, and he managed only three homers and 26 RBI the rest of the way.
He was batting .242 with only five homers and 36 RBI when the shoulder and neck began bothering him following a game Wednesday in Pittsburgh. It didn't get any better during the Reds' day off, prompting the Reds to put him on the disabled list for the second time this season. Full Story
BALTIMORE -- It wasn't the pain in his right shoulder that forced Luke Scott to bring an end to his 2011 season. The Baltimore Orioles left fielder reluctantly abandoned his effort to play through a torn labrum because he was no longer able to swing the bat effectively.
Scott put an end to his troubled season Saturday. In the days ahead, he will decide whether to correct his shoulder through rehabilitation or surgery.
The 33-year-old hoped a stay on the 15-day disabled list would help, but after being activated Friday he didn't get through an entire game against the Los Angeles Angels before realizing his bat speed just wasn't there.
MIAMI -- Johan Santana sat in a corner of the New York Mets clubhouse Saturday wearing an orange spring training T-shirt, the apparel an appropriate match for the status of his comeback from shoulder surgery.
For the Mets ace, this July is like February. He hopes to start pitching in games again next week, which would be a big step toward his goal of rejoining the New York rotation late this season.
Santana threw batting practice to hitters for the third time Friday at the team complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla. He's scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday at the Florida Marlins' stadium before their game against the Mets, and if that workout goes well, he'll likely begin a minor-league rehabilitation assignment.
Braves third baseman Chipper Jones will make a rehab appearance tonight at Class A Rome (Ga.) in a 7 p.m. game and then against Sunday for a 2 p.m. start. Jones will DH tonight and either DH or play third on Sunday and could come off the disabled list as soon as Monday against the Pirates, according to Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Jones had arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee on July 9 and hasn't played since the day before. He's been hampered all season by pain in his knee and is coming off ACL surgery performed last season.
Jones, 39, is hitting .259/.340/.428 with eight home runs and 46 RBI in 77 games for Atlanta this season.
The frame-by-frame video showed Nyjer Morgan didn't give the middle finger to Giants fans on Friday, but the hand gesture was certainly interpreted as such by many -- and the intent obviously wasn't friendly.
Morgan made the gesture after running down Nate Schierholtz's fly ball for the second out of the seventh inning in Milwaukee's 4-2 victory on Friday.
After playfully answering questions following Friday's game, Morgan had a discussion with manager Ron Roenicke and expressed some contrition before Saturday's game in San Francisco.
MIAMI -- Florida Marlins right-hander Chris Volstad has been optioned to Triple-A New Orleans in the wake of his latest rocky outing.
Volstad lasted only five innings and gave up four runs, three earned, against the New York Mets on Friday. That lifted his ERA to 5.58, third-highest in the major leagues.
Volstad 5-8 in 20 starts. Manager Jack McKeon said he anticipated Volstad would rejoin the rotation later this season.
The 24-year-old Volstad was also demoted to New Orleans in July last year. He returned to the Marlins and went 8-1 in his final 13 starts.
TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays have designated left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes for assignment and called up Wilfredo Ledezma from Triple-A Las Vegas.
The moves come a day after Reyes was lit up for eight runs in four innings by the Rangers in Toronto's 12-2 loss at Texas.
Reyes has given up 15 runs and 18 hits in his last two starts. The 26-year-old made 20 starts for the Jays this season, going 5-8 record with 5.40 ERA. He joined Toronto last season in a trade with Atlanta.
Ledezma has made 34 relief appearances this season with Las Vegas with a 1-1 record and 4.63 ERA. The 30-year-old left-hander has appeared in 187 games in the majors, including 40 starts, over eight seasons with Detroit, Atlanta, San Diego, Arizona, Washington and Pittsburgh.