Rolen appreciating a quiet spring

Friday, March 21st 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Jupiter, Florida-AP) -- It's been a quiet spring for Cardinals third baseman Scott Rolen -- and that's fine with him.

All of the focus is on baseball this spring for Rolen. A year ago, while still with the Philadelphia Phillies, he was anything but happy and was just hoping for a way out after questioning the team's commitment to winning.

The Cardinals acquired Rolen July 29th in a trade with Philadelphia. In September, they signed him to an eight-year, 90 (m) million dollar contract.

Physically, Rolen feels good, too. He missed the Cardinals' five-game loss to the Giants in the National League championship series with a separated shoulder sustained in the Division Series, but has been healthy since January.