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NL: Rolen has multiple sprains

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published October 7, 2002

ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen could not raise his arm at the shoulder and had limited movement of his forearm after sustaining multiple sprains that could keep him out of the National League Championship Series, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Sunday.

"It still hurts pretty bad," Rolen said.

Rolen injured his left shoulder in Thursday night's playoff game against the Diamondbacks, including a severe hyperextension of the three ligaments supporting his clavicle, the newspaper reported.

Rolen, injured in a collision with pinch-runner Alex Cintron, had an MRI that lasted more than two hours. The exam revealed sprains in four regions of his shoulder and collarbone.

Rolen said surgery is not being considered.

"To put it at seven days, 10 days or 14 days is a bit premature," Rolen said. "Right now, I'm just waiting for it stop hurting. I'm looking to make progress day by day. It's kind of hard to think about playing when it feels like this."

BRENLY ON BANDWAGON: Bob Brenly came away impressed after watching St. Louis sweep his World Series champions.

"The Cardinals have a great chance regardless of who they play the rest of the season," Brenly said. "They have a group of disciplined, unselfish hitters, they get runners on base, they advance them, they strike out rarely and they take their walks."

Brenly also likes the way the Cardinals run the bases. Leadoff hitter Fernando Vina was 9-for-15 to spark St. Louis.

"Even though this is not a prototypical Whitey Herzog jackrabbit team, they've got great speed," Brenly said. "And that speed usually ends up showing up in close ballgames."

IN HINDSIGHT: Jason Schmidt probably will be dissecting his start Saturday for a long time, or at least until he goes to the mound again in the postseason.

Schmidt, the losing pitcher for San Francisco in Game 3, was fine until the sixth inning of the 10-2 loss, when he gave up consecutive walks to Gary Sheffield, Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones before giving way to Manny Aybar.

Atlanta scored five on the next two pitches from Aybar to break a tie at 1.

"I tried to be too careful with the batters," said Schmidt, who made his first playoff appearance.

"I thought when they took me out they wanted Manny to get a double play ball. I just threw too many pitches. ... I was a little too aggressive with some batters when I should have thought about them a bit."

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