From my perspective, Dusty Baker did a pretty good job of resting Rolen last year, but Scottie was still so worn down by the playoffs that he could barely stand.
Rolen has a plan for staying fresher this year, and it begins in spring training:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“One of things, I want to look at is playing a little less here,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“In Toronto, I was playing one of three. Here, it was every other day. I like to keep a few more bullets in the chamber.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Rolen evidently talked to Dusty about this yesterday. I think it’s a fine idea. Anything the Reds can do to help Rolen stay healthier should be a priority. The difference in value between a healthy Rolen and his primary backups, Miguel Cairo and (assumedly) Edgar Renteria, is as wide as the Grand Canyon.