This is what we’ve been afraid would happen. Scott Rolen has been placed on the disabled list; the Reds have recalled Chris Valaika from AAA to take Rolen’s place on the 25-man roster.
First things first: I really wish Cincinnati had called up Todd Frazier. Frazier is simply a better player than Valaika, and Frazier can play 3B and outfield, which would give the Reds more flexibility.
Hopefully, this is just a short-term thing, and Rolen will be back soon. There is reason to be concerned, since the problem is with his left shoulder, and that’s the same injury that caused Rolen to miss most of a season a couple of years ago.
Even worse, if Rolen misses a substantial amount of time, the Reds are completely unprepared. Miguel Cairo is not a reasonable long-term solution at 3B, either offensively or defensively. Edgar Renteria refuses to play third base. Juan Francisco is hurt now, but he isn’t a major leaguer, as far as I’m concerned. Todd Frazier is probably the best option, but the Reds are clearly unwilling to give him a chance yet.
Again, hopefully Rolen heals up soon and is back out on the field after this DL stint. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried, though.