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Rolen to play two rehab games at Louisville

CINCINNATI -- After some brief debate, the Reds have decided to send third baseman Scott Rolen to Triple-A Louisville for two rehab appearances on Friday and Saturday.

Rolen has been out since May 12 with a strained left shoulder and plans on rejoining the team Monday in Cleveland.

"We kind of went back and forth on it," Rolen said. "At one point, I thought I was going to play [Thursday]. [Manager] Dusty [Baker] wanted to give me a couple extra days Tuesday and Wednesday and we talked about playing Thursday without rehab. After we talked, we decided to get some at-bats in in Louisville."

In his 29 games before being sidelined, Rolen was hitting .174 with two home runs and 11 RBIs.

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CIN Full Game Coverage CINNATI -- After some brief debate, the Reds have decided to send third baseman Scott Rolen to Triple-A Louisville for two rehab appearances on Friday and Saturday.

Rolen has been out since May 12 with a strained left shoulder and plans on rejoining the team Monday in Cleveland.

"We kind of went back and forth on it," Rolen said. "At one point, I thought I was going to play [Thursday]. [Manager] Dusty [Baker] wanted to give me a couple extra days Tuesday and Wednesday and we talked about playing Thursday without rehab. After we talked, we decided to get some at-bats in in Louisville."

In his 29 games before being sidelined, Rolen was hitting .174 with two home runs and 11 RBIs.