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What could have been: Scott Rolen

5/25/2013

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers tried to lure Scott Rolen out of retirement last winter. Manager Don Mattingly, who knows Rolen well and lives near him in Indiana, made a few recruiting calls.

In the end, the veteran third baseman, 38, stayed retired and the Dodgers moved on to other off-season business.

At this moment, it looks like Rolen would have been a perfect fit as a part-time player. Dodgers third basemen are collectively hitting .180 with two home runs and a .230 slugging percentage, 67 points worse than the next-worst team, the Miami Marlins.

But Rolen's main allure to Mattingly was his reputation as a hard-nosed team leader. That's exactly the voice the Dodgers' clubhouse seems to be lacking. Wednesday, Mattingly went on a lengthy discussion of the Dodgers' lack of competitive fire, remarks he stood behind Friday.

Who knows, maybe one edgy veteran could have made a difference.

Here are lineups for Saturday's game with the St. Louis Cardinals:

St. Louis

1. Matt Carpenter 2B

2. Carlos Beltran RF

3. Matt Holliday LF

4. Allen Craig 1B

5. Yadier Molina C

6. David Freese 3B

7. Jon Jay CF

8. Pete Kozma SS

9. John Gast LHP

Dodgers

1. Nick Punto 3B

2. Mark Ellis 2B

3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B

4. Matt Kemp CF

5. Andre Ethier RF

6. Scott Van Slyke LF

7. A.J. Ellis C

8. Dee Gordon SS

9. Ted Lilly LHP