NewsChannel 5's Frank Cusumano reports Scott Rolen has left the Cardinals, who remain in Florida to play the Marlins Wednesday, to fly back to St. Louis for a medical exam.
Rolen is coming to St. Louis to meet with Dr. George Paletta about Rolen's shoulder.
Rolen had surgery on the shoulder in the 2005 season after a collision. It continued to bother him for parts of the 2006 season, but he said in Spring Training this year that his shoulder was not bothering him at all.
Rolen's power numbers have been down significantly this year, as he has 4 home runs. With the exception of the 2005 season, in which he only played 56 games, Rolen has hit at least 20 home runs every year since 1997.
Dr. Paletta is an orthopedic surgeon and is the Cardinals' Medical Director.
Rolen's primary backup at third base, Scott Spiezio, is on the Disabled List with an infection in his finger. It wasn't immediately clear who would play third base in Rolen's absence.