Rolen missed his fourth straight start Sunday with stiffness in his neck and sore shoulders, a whiplash-like condition. But manager Tony La Russa said he would be “shocked” if Rolen isn’t ready to play on Tuesday. The Cardinals had a day off Monday.
“He feels like he’s a load on our team,” Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. “But I (told him) if you get hurt, you get hurt. Fortunately we’ve been able to win some games with him out of there.”
St. Louis stranded 10 runners, including four in scoring position, in a 5-2 loss to the intrastate rival Kansas City Royals on Sunday.
Edgar Renteria was 0-for-4, stranding six runners, to end a nine-game hitting streak.
St. Louis lost two of three against the Royals.
Albert Pujols was 3-for-5 with an RBI single for the Cardinals Sunday, his second straight three-hit game. He is tied for the NL lead with 66 RBIs. Pujols had six hits and five RBIs the last two games of the series after going 0-for-5 in the opener.
“Hopefully, it relaxed me and cleared my mind,” said Dunn, who is batting just .202 wit 86 strikeouts in 223 at-bats.
Sean Casey continues his recent strong play, driving in two runs Sunday. He is batting .379 (11-for-29) with five RBIs in his last seven games.
STANDINGS: Reds - 4th place, 4 1/2 GB, NL Central. Cardinals - 3rd place, 1 1/2 GB, NL Central.
REDS PROBABLE STARTER: Jimmy Haynes (1-6, 7.16 ERA). Haynes took a loss in his last start, surrendering four runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings in a 4-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. The right-hander pitched a three-hitter in his previous start, allowing just one run to earn a win. Haynes is 4-3 with a 3.65 ERA in 10 career games against St. Louis.
CARDINALS PROBABLE STARTER: Brett Tomko (3-5, 5.97 ERA). Tomko was drafted by the Reds in the second round in 1995, and played with them from 1997-99, going 29-26 with a 4.35 ERA in 89 games. He did not factor into the decision in a start against the Reds on May 6, giving up four runs and eight hits in eight innings as the Cardinals lost 6-5. Tomko is 0-2 with an 8.84 ERA in three career games against Cincinnati. After surrendering nine runs in each of his previous two starts, Tomko had a solid outing in an 8-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday. The right-hander gave up three runs—two earned—and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings to earn a win.
SEASON SERIES: Reds, 6-1.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Reds - 3B Boone is batting .455 (5-for-11) with three home runs and five RBIs against Tomko. … OF Kearns is in a 2-for-16 slump. … 2B Juan Castro is batting .095 (2-for-21) in his last seven games. Cardinals - OF Jim Edmonds is batting .357 (10-for-28) with three home runs, three doubles and eight RBIs against Haynes. … 1B Tino Martinez is batting .480 (12-for-25) with one home run and seven RBIs against Haynes. … 2B Bo Hart, a 26-year-old rookie, singled in five is 8-for-17 in four games since being called up from Triple-A Memphis.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Reds - 15-19 on the road; Cardinals - 23-14 at home.
INJURIES: Reds - IF Ryan Freel (hamstring), 15-day DL; RHP John Riedling (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Luke Prokopec (elbow), 60-day DL. Cardinals - C Steve Torrealba (elbow), 15-day DL; C Chris Widger (thumb), 15-day DL; IF Miguel Cairo (hand), 15-day DL; IF Fernando Vina (hamstring), 15-day DL; OF Eli Marrero (ankle), 15-day DL; RHP Russ Springer (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Chris Carpenter (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Gene Stechschulte (shoulder), 60-day DL.