Rolen's prognosis worsening
Jays third baseman Scott Rolen returned to Dunedin today with a soft cast on his injured right hand and plans for an extended rehab.
Rolen is feeling his way through the process, but said Baltimore hand surgeon Dr. Thomas Graham has advised him to prepare for a 4-6 week rehabilitation from the date of his surgery, which took place on Monday.
Without making any predictions, the club had initially hinted that Rolen might be ready soon after the pin in his finger is removed in ten days.
Graham's schedule would put the quickest date for Rolen’s return at April 21st - the tail end of a homestand against the Detroit Tigers. The worst-case scenario would see Rolen returning in early May after missing the first 33 games of the year.
As would be expected, Rolen hopes to push Graham's schedule forward significantly.
"We’ll be optimistic and try to cut that down as much as we can in the right way, the smart way," Rolen said.