CINCINNATI Scott Rolen is poised to return to his personal plot of land at third base and Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker is ready to provide a personal escort.
Baker wants to make certain Rolen doesn't pull something in his back on his way to his position because once again Rolen is returning to the lineup after his back pushed him to a seat in the dugout and one the trainer's table.
Baker wants his seven-time All-Star and eight time Gold Glover on the field for the dash through September toward a National League Central title.
"We're a little bit different team without Scott Rolen, even though Todd Frazier and the other guys have done a good job over there while he is out," said Baker.
"Scotty is our leader on the field and it's different when your leader is not on the field," Baker continued.
What does leadership mean on a baseball team, what does a leader provide?
"Most good teams have a leader," he said. "And leaders are not appointed, they are anointed by the player...