Third-base update: Rolen hobbled 

July, 20, 2010
You had to know that a DL-less season from Cincinnati Reds third baseman Scott Rolen was really unlikely. Granted, we don't know yet whether Rolen is headed to the disabled list because of a balky right hamstring, which necessitated a cortisone shot Monday, but based on experience, it's difficult to be optimistic here. The Reds are saying he's out of the lineup "indefinitely." That's a scary word. I'd prefer the "day-to-day" tag.

If Rolen does need a few weeks off, though, fantasy owners will need to learn the name Juan Francisco.

Juan Francisco
AP Photo/Al BehrmanJuan Francisco is worth tracking in case Rolen is placed on the DL and your team needs pop.
Francisco is an interesting power-hitting prospect currently plying his trade at Triple-A Louisville, and although I don't often wax poetic about hitters with such poor plate discipline -- this guy makes Edwin Encarnacion look like Wade Boggs in terms of patience -- he still is a slugger. Francisco has hit for power at every level of the minor leagues, averaging 25 home runs and 92 RBIs the past three seasons and hitting for a decent average. He doesn't walk too often, averaging 22 of them in those years and totaling 83 free passes in 503 career minor league games, but as a (hopefully) short-term fill-in for Rolen, he'd have value.