MIAMI (AP) -Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen flew back to St. Louis on Wednesday to have his sore shoulder examined by the team's doctor.
Manager Tony La Russa said he did not know the severity of the injury, but expects Rolen to meet the team Thursday in Atlanta for the Cardinals' four-game series against the Braves.
``I think he's fatigued,'' La Russa said. ``I know he's been taking a lot of batting practice lately. Sometimes you can overwork it.''
Rolen twice had shoulder surgery in 2005, when he played only 56 games. He returned to hit 22 home runs last season, but has only four this year. Except for the 2005 season, Rolen has hit 20 or more homers every year since 1997.
Brendan Ryan replaced Rolen in the lineup Wednesday night against the Florida Marlins. Rolen's primary backup, Scott Spiezio, is on the disabled list with a finger infection.
Rolen was 1-for-4 in the Cardinals' 4-0 loss Tuesday night to the Marlins. He turned a double play by making a diving stop and throwing from the ground, and appeared uninjured on the play.
Advertisement

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail White Sox 2017 Win Total Prediction With an over/under just below 70, how many games will the Chicago White Sox win in 2017?
Thumbnail A's Season Win Total Prediction How many games will the Oakland A's win this upcoming MLB season?
Thumbnail Padres Win Total Prediction How many games will the San Diego Padres win in the 2017 MLB regular season?
Thumbnail Cards lose Reyes, WS Odds Unchanged Earlier this week the Cardinals lost phenom Alex Reyes to season-ending Tommy John surgery but their World Series odds remain unaffected.
Thumbnail MLB Home Run Champion Odds Which player will hit the most regular season home runs in Major League Baseball in 2017? Let's take a look at the odds.

MLB Team Pages