Scott getting break, but likely to be used in pinch

Scott getting break, but likely to be used in pinch

NEW YORK -- Luke Scott was out of the lineup for the second straight night Thursday after getting just two hits in his last 23 at-bats. And it appears he will have a difficult time getting on the field over the weekend.

The Rays travel to Miami to play an Interleague weekend series against the Marlins. Rays manager Joe Maddon was asked whether Scott could see playing time in the field over the weekend; he has not played in the field this season due to his recovery from shoulder surgery on his throwing shoulder (right) last season.

"Obviously pinch-hitting is a role [he might be used at over the weekend]," Maddon said. "I haven't decided yet whether to put him out there on defense, yet. I still have to look at that. But primarily, right now, it's as a pinch-hitter."

Maddon doesn't think giving Scott a little time off is the worst thing that can happen.

"I just think not grinding so hard should probably help him," Maddon said. "This guy cares about it as much as anybody does. And he works so hard. It might be the opportune time to give him a little bit of a break."

Scott said he could make the necessary throws if he played first. And if he played in the outfield, he said he would simply "hit the cutoff man."

"Whatever they ask me to do, I'll do the best I can," Scott said.