La Russa won't use Rolen as pinch hitter

ST. LOUIS -- After visiting the St. Louis Cardinals' team
physician, Scott Rolen's day-to-day calf strain became a longer
term injury.

The third baseman missed his fourth straight start and is
expected to be sidelined at least another week after an examination
by Dr. George Paletta on Tuesday night.

"If you push it, you're liable to really blow it out," manager
Tony La Russa said. "We're going to be careful with him. So he's
just not available."

Rolen, who is tied for the NL lead with 121 RBI, has taken
batting practice the last three games. But for the time being, La
Russa said he wouldn't use Rolen even as a pinch-hitter.

"Dr. Paletta just looked at it and thought it was more
significant than we thought," Rolen said. "So now it's a seven to
10 day thing. I just can't run on it."

Rolen, who's batting .320 with 32 homers, was hurt Friday
running out a double. He said his leg had been numb after he fouled
a pitch off his left shin earlier in the at-bat.

Hector Luna was in the lineup at third base on Wednesday against
the Astros and John Mabry played third on Tuesday.

Edgar Renteria batted cleanup, Rolen's spot in the lineup, on
Wednesday, for the first time all season.

"He's just a great player, and you miss a great player," La
Russa said of Rolen.

Trainer Barry Weinberg said the swelling has gone down on the
bruised shin.

"The underlying problem is the calf strain and we'll treat it
like any other strain," Weinberg said. "We'll probably give him a
minimum of a week and at that point we'll make a determination how
close he is."