Back trouble for Rolen, Cozart
*The left side of the Reds infield has been beset by back problems for 3B Scott Rolen and SS Zack Cozart. For Rolen, it’s been an ongoing issue since early last month. He underwent an MRI on Wednesday and some issues were discovered.
“I have a protrusion in two discs in my lower back, which are causing me trouble that we’re trying to address right now with a few days off,” Rolen told MLB.com.
Rolen has not gotten an epidural injection and is trying to get pain relief from anti-inflammatory medication and rest. He missed a handful of games with back pain last month, including the entire Aug. 9-12 road series vs. the Cubs.
“Since my setback in Chicago, I’ve been uncomfortable and not able to perform and move offensively and defensively the way I hoped to have by this point,” Rolen said.
Rolen hopes to be able to be better/play by the end of the weekend. The back issue didn’t stop his production that much. He’s batted .314 since the All-Star break and .323 in August. But in September, he is 1-for-10.
*As for Cozart, he felt some pain in the middle of his back on Tuesday, which had been a previously scheduled off day.
“I don’t even know what the problem was, but I locked up,” Cozart said. “Now I know what Scotty goes through. I’ve never had a back issue. … During BP, something didn’t feel right. I wasn’t letting it loose.”
Cozart did not play on Wednesday.
“I was hoping coming into Wednesday it would be OK,” Cozart said. “It still wasn’t. But it feels a lot better.”
Cozart came back inside a little while later in the afternoon after testing his back on the field with stretching and groundballs. When asked how he felt, he declined to comment — probably a strong sign it hasn’t improved enough.