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Rolen, Janish expected back this week

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Roster Report · Rolen, Janish expected back this week · Notes, Quotes

The Reds could be as healthy as they've been all year Friday when the open a three-game series at home against St. Louis.

Both third baseman Scott Rolen (shoulder) and Paul Janish (ankle) are likely to be in the lineup.

Rolen began taking batting practice Monday for the first time since going on disabled list April 24. He took it again Tuesday before the Reds' 7-3 win over Houston. He felt fine both days.

"He looked pretty good," manager Dusty Baker said. "I was equally as concerned about how he looked fielding and throwing, running the bases. You could tell he's been working at it. He ran all practice. That's what you worry about as much as anything -- not only his stroke -- you worry about his legs, his hammies, his quads. He knows how to get game-ready."

In other words, no rehab stint for Rolen.

Janish will probably be in the lineup Wednesday at third base.

"He's come along rather quickly," Baker said. "It would probably be at third if he plays, even though Edgar (Renteria) has played a lot. If we put (Janish) at third, he won't need his mobility as much as he would at shortstop.

"You're more worried about him leaping on double plays. I'd rather have him play (Wednesday) if he can play."

Baker doesn't want Rolen and Janish returning on the same day.

"I don't want them both out there for the first time," Baker said.

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