Rolen, who hit a two-run home run in Tuesday’s 9-8 loss to Los Angeles, left in the fifth inning after suffering a sprained left shoulder during a violent collision with Dodgers first baseman Hee-Seop Choi.
“I heard it pop when I hit him,” Rolen said. “The throw took him to the middle of the bag and it was late so I just kind of covered up and I got my shoulder into him.
“The doctor said you could see on the replay that it kind of jammed it.”
Rolen, who also separated his left shoulder during the 2002 playoffs, left the field holding his upper arm, and was replaced at third by Abraham Nunez. The team said Rolen is day-to-day, and the injury is unrelated to the one in 2002.
“Different joint, different type of collision,” head trainer Barry Weinberg said. “He was in a lot of pain and we’ll see how he is (Wednesday).”
Nunez is hitting just .154 (2-for-13) career against Wednesday’s starter for Florida, Brad Penny.
The hard-throwing right-hander has been impressive since coming off the disabled list on April 24, allowing just four earned runs over 18 innings. Penny had been on the DL since opening day with a nerve injury to his right biceps, and hadn’t appeared in a game since Sept. 22.
He took a no-hit bid into the sixth Friday before settling for seven innings of one-hit ball in a 13-6 win over Cincinnati.
Choi wasn’t injured in the collision with Rolen, hitting a go-ahead, three-run homer.