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Rolen off to slow start in Cincinnatti

When last we saw our old buddy Scott Rolen, he was being traded at his request from the bustling metropolis of Toronto to the more homey confines of Cincinnati.

Matt Holliday was hitless for the first time as a Cardinal.
Matt Holliday was hitless for the first time as a Cardinal.Read moreTOM GANNAM / Associated Press

When last we saw our old buddy Scott Rolen, he was being traded at his request from the bustling metropolis of Toronto to the more homey confines of Cincinnati.

Rolen had told the Blue Jays he wanted to be closer to his home in Indiana, and Cincinnati is about as close as you get without relocating a franchise to Evansville.

But things haven't gone all that well for the onetime Phillie, who has been plagued by injuries the last few seasons.

Yesterday, in just his second game with the Reds, Rolen was beaned by Colorado's Jason Marquis. The third baseman suffered a knot on his head, but no other injuries.

"I'm pretty good," Rolen said after the game. "I was a little dizzy. It stunned me, but I could still cuss. I'm working on my on-base percentage, but I still haven't touched first base. I haven't met [first-base coach] Billy Hatcher yet."

The five-time all-star is 0 for 6 since joining the Reds.

What an addition

Matt Holliday was hitless yesterday for the first time since being traded from Oakland to St. Louis on July 24.

In his first nine games with the Redbirds, the slugger had 20 hits in 33 at-bats (.606), with three home runs, six doubles, and 10 RBIs.

In his first game for St. Louis, against the Phillies on July 24, Holliday had four hits, including a double; stole a base; and drove in a run.

Streak stopper

For the first time in eight games, Washington shortstop Cristian Guzman did not have at least two hits and at least one RBI. He did get one hit, but failed to become the first player for the Washington/Montreal franchise to have at least two hits and an RBI in eight consecutive games since Vladimir Guerrero did for the Expos in 1998.

Under the knife

Brandon Webb's father, Philip Webb, told the Daily Independent of Ashland, Ky., that the Arizona righthander would undergo surgery today in Arlington, Texas.

Philip Webb said Keith Meister of the Texas Rangers would perform surgery on his son's right shoulder. The 2006 NL Cy Young Award winner had been looking for a way to alleviate stiffness and soreness in his shoulder without surgery. But after he met with Meister last week, the surgical option was chosen.

Noteworthy

Florida righthander Burke Badenhop was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle near his neck. Righthander Tim Wood was recalled from triple-A New Orleans to fill the spot. . . . The New York Mets optioned reliever Pat Misch to triple-A Buffalo and will call up righthander Nelson Figueroa to start tonight against Arizona. . . . Milwaukee's Corey Hart underwent an appendectomy last night and was placed on the 15-day DL.