Rolen might miss opener with injury
Third baseman has non-displaced fracture of right middle finger
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- The Blue Jays could potentially be without Scott Rolen on Opening Day after the third baseman sustained a non-displaced fracture in his right middle finger on Sunday.
Prior to Toronto's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies at Knology Park, Rolen broke his finger during fielding drills at the club's Spring Training complex. Rolen left Florida to meet with hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham in Baltimore, and there's no indication as to how much time the third baseman might miss.
Toronto acquired Rolen from the Cardinals in January in a one-for-one trade that sent third baseman Troy Glaus to St. Louis. Rolen, who turns 33 on April 4, is returning from season-ending surgery on his left shoulder, but had been void of health issues this spring until Sunday.
With Rolen out of the picture for an undetermined amount of time, it's likely that utilityman Marco Scutaro will be at third base come Opening Day on March 31, when the Blue Jays open a three-game series against the Yankees in New York.
Last season, Rolen hit .265 with eight home runs and 58 RBIs in an injury-shortened campaign with the Cardinals. Rolen is scheduled to make $11 million annually through the 2010 season, which is the final year under the eight-year, $90 million contract he inked with St. Louis in 2002.
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.