DUNEDIN, Fla. – Quick update on Scott Rolen, who just held court with us scribes in the classroom down in the Jays’ clubhouse a few minutes ago. Rolen said that he was told by his doctors that he would likely miss 4-6 weeks from the date the operation took place.
So, my writing the other day that he could potentially miss the season’s first month seems about right. Rolen is scheduled to have the pin removed from his finger on April 7 and it’s unclear how much time he’ll miss after that. He said the doctors believe throwing will be the main issue after having the pin removed, considering his right middle finger is integral to making strong throws.
Rolen did not, however, lose his fingernail. Apparently, Rolen thought he was going to lose the nail at first because it looked like it was bent at a 45 degree angle. It turned out that it was actually the broken tip of his finger that was bent at a 45 degree angle. Ouch.
The freak accident happened on a line drive hit to Rolen during fielding drills. Rolen thought the low liner was going to be played like a short hop and the ball didn’t drop, drilling his finger at an unfortunate angle. When asked if bench coach Brian Butterfield was the culprit behind the line drive, Rolen smiled and joked:
"No, it wasn’t Butter. It was @!&#&@$ Butter."
I’ll have more on this on bluejays.com in a while.