Scott Rolen is healthy.
"Unbelievably, yes," he said. "I am."
Rolen, who is coming off his fourth surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-4 Tuesday night in the Reds' 2-1 loss in 10 innings to the St. Louis Cardinals. The hit raised his average to .135.
The shoulder isn't the issue.
"He looks healthy," Baker said. "He was healthy when we left spring training. He hasn't done anything not to be healthy. He's just getting off to a slow start. It's all over baseball -- slow starts. When he left spring training, he was swinging good."
Sunday was one rough game for Rolen. Washington walked Joey Votto to get to Rolen with the bases loaded twice. Rolen struck out each time.
"The frustrating thing about that was you get into a spot that calls for putting on a good, quality at-bat," he said, "and you turn in two fairly uncompetitive at-bats. That's the frustrating part.
"I don't necessarily believe in the big at-bat or whatever. But as the game goes through and you get to (the) plate ...