08/02/11 8:41 PM ET
Ondrusek struggling out of 'pen recently
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
Rolen to be re-examined, won't return on Friday
HOUSTON -- Reds third baseman Scott Rolen is scheduled to have his strained left shoulder re-examined on Wednesday, but one thing is abundantly clear: Rolen will not be ready to be activated from the 15-day disabled list when eligible on Friday."We'll let you know something tomorrow," Reds manager Dusty Baker said on Tuesday. Rolen, 36, is not with the club in Houston and has been undergoing treatment at the offices of team medical director Tim Kremchek. It is Kremchek who will examine Rolen. "He hasn't done any baseball activity. He has not hit," head trainer Paul Lessard said. This is the same shoulder injury Rolen dealt with earlier in the season, when he went on the DL from April 24-May 12. He also had two surgeries to repair a torn labrum in 2005 and missed most of that season. It would not be surprising if Rolen underwent a minor procedure to clean it out. It's been a tough season at the plate for Rolen, who is batting .242 in 65 games with five home runs and 36 RBIs.
Cozart making progress, getting used to brace
HOUSTON -- Injured Reds rookie shortstop Zack Cozart is continuing to make progress with the hyperextended left elbow that currently has him on the 15-day disabled list.Cozart has been hitting soft tosses in the indoor cage, which he did again on Tuesday. One issue has been trying to get comfortable hitting with a soft brace on his left arm. "There are still problems with extending a little bit and reaching that outside pitch and getting extension," Cozart said. "It's tough, because this brace is bulky and is supposed to keep me from extending. Obviously, when you hit, you need that. Hopefully after a couple of more days of doing baseball stuff, I will feel better." Cozart will have to wear the brace for the rest of the season. He was injured during a July 23 collision at second base when the Braves' Nate McLouth slid into his arm. He is eligible to be activated on Monday and was hopeful he could be ready. "The real test is actually playing in a game," Cozart said. "I can't simulate that stuff, putting the tag and things like that. It's inevitable that the ball could come in and the runner will hit me. That's what the brace is for."
In his latest rehab appearance, reliever Jared Burton pitched two scoreless innings on Tuesday for Triple-A Louisville at Pawtucket. Burton allowed two hits and a walk with two strikeouts while throwing 27 pitches, 19 for strikes. Right fielder Jay Bruce did not start on Tuesday against the Astros. Bruce is 1-for-23 lifetime against Houston lefty Wandy Rodriguez with 13 strikeouts. Chris Heisey started in right field while Todd Frazier made his first big league start as a left fielder.