Rolen to rest shoulder during break

Updated: July 11, 2005, 12:51 AM ET
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen pulled out of Tuesday's All Star Game to rest a problematic right shoulder and was replaced on the National League roster by Houston's Morgan Ensberg.

"I came to the ballpark with my bags packed for Detroit," Rolen said following the Cardinals' 4-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday. "I talked with the medical staff and they said it was best to rest it for four days."

Rolen, who was elected to the starting lineup by fan voting, was 1-for-10 with an RBI in the three-game series against the Giants.

"We finally persuaded Rolen to take the game off," St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. "It gives him a chance to rest his shoulder."

The Cardinals will still have five representatives in Detroit, including shortstop David Eckstein and outfielder Jim Edmonds in the starting lineup. Albert Pujols, who could be the NL's starting designated hitter, and pitchers Chris Carpenter and Jason Isringhausen were also selected.

"I see being voted in as an honor and a sign of respect," Rolen said. "Me not going hopefully will not be taken as a sign of disrespect."

Rolen hit .251 with five homers and 25 RBI in 50 games in the first half. Ensberg is hitting .290 with 24 homers and 65 RBI.

The Astros have four players in the game with Ensberg's addition. The others are pitchers Roger Clemens, Roy Oswalt and Brad Lidge.


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