Orlando Cabrera Questionable For Game 3

CINCINNATI (AP) - Reds shortstop Orlando Cabrera was still

bothered by pulled muscles in his left side Saturday, making it

likely that he'll miss Game 3 of their series against the

Philadelphia Phillies.

Cabrera missed 27 games in August and September after pulling

muscles in his side. He aggravated the injury during a 7-4 loss in

Philadelphia on Friday night and had to leave the game. The injury

bothers him most when he throws.

Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said Cabrera was no better the

next day.

"Not good," Baker said.

But Cabrera said later he was feeling better and was hoping to


"I do want to stay on the roster so I'm going to do everything

I can to be able to run, play defense or whatever," he said.

The Reds have several players who didn't make the postseason

roster working out at their spring training complex in Arizona,

keeping them ready in case of injury. They brought infielder Chris

Valaika back from Arizona on Saturday.

They'll decide before the game Sunday whether to replace Cabrera

with Valaika, a move that would make Cabrera ineligible to play for

the rest of the series and the NL championship series, should

Cincinnati make it that far. The Phillies lead 2-0.

"He won't be eligible for the next round, but we've got to get

through this round first," Baker said. "We'll see how bad he is

first, but we need the player."

It would be a loss to the Reds in another way, as well. Cabrera

was one of only three players in Cincinnati's starting lineup with

playoff experience.

The left side of the Reds infield has been hobbled during the

last two months. Third baseman Scott Rolen has been playing despite

stiffness in his back and shoulders. He had an error - one of four

by Cincinnati - that helped the Phillies rally from a 4-0 deficit

Friday night.

Rolen has struggled in part because of the back problem. Since

Aug. 1, he has only two homers and 21 RBIs. He's 0 for 7 with five

strikeouts in the playoffs.

"It won't get well until winter time," Baker said of Rolen's

back. "He's still a heck of a ballplayer and a heck of a threat.

It's not like the guys facing us can't pitch, either. That

compounds it."

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