Scott Rolen ready to rejoin Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays confirmed Thursday that third baseman Scott Rolen will be activated from the 15-day disabled list this weekend.
"He is anxious to get going," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
Rolen, 32, has been sidelined since breaking the middle finger on his right hand in a fielding drill on March 24.
He required surgery to repair a fractured finger tip and torn finger nail.
"I'm ready to play," said Rolen, who went 0-9 in a three-game rehabilitation stint with the single-A Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League.
"I still have a pretty significant bone bruise. I can feel it when I throw, feel it when I hit.
"I think my options are take a month and do nothing and wait for it to heal, or play. It is time to play."
Rolen, one of the finest defensive third basemen in the major leagues, was acquired Jan. 14 from the St. Louis Cardinals for Troy Glaus.
A seven-time Gold Glove Award winner for fielding excellence, he has three years and $36 million US left on the eight-year, $90-million US contract he signed with the Cardinals on Sept. 27, 2002.
Rolen averaged .265 last season with eight home runs, 58 runs batted in and 55 runs scored in 112 games before needing surgery to remove scar tissue from his left shoulder.
Three shoulder surgeries in the past three years have hindered him offensively.
Rolen is a lifetime .283 hitter with 261 HRs, 1,012 RBIs and 954 runs in 1,505 games over 12 MLB seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies and Cardinals.
St. Louis traded Placido Polanco, Bud Smith and Mike Timlin to the Phillies for Rolen and Doug Nickle on July 29, 2002.
With files from the Canadian Press