Rays put Scott on DL, but DH feels on track

Rays put Scott on DL, but DH feels on track

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays placed designated hitter Luke Scott on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, retroactive to Saturday, with mid-back spasms.

The Rays will announce a corresponding roster move Friday before starting a three-game series with the Marlins at Tropicana Field, but Scott expects he'll come off the disabled list as soon as he's eligible.

"I'm on the right track. I'm getting better. It's just something that takes time," he said. "You've got to let it kind of play through. If I was to go ahead and try to swing with a spazzed muscle, you could get set back even more."

The story behind Scott's injury, which has kept him off the field since a pinch-hitting appearance against the Marlins on Friday night, is not exactly a common one. The DH said the Rays' beds in Miami were a bit too soft, causing a run of stiff necks and sore backs throughout the team.

So, as Scott was preparing to pinch-hit, he strapped a heating pack around his sore lower back and headed to the batting cage to take some swings. The pack restricted his usual movement, shifting his rotation up from his lower back and causing him to turn in an unusual way. He felt fine during his at-bat, but not so much the next morning.

"It locked up," Scott said Thursday. "I couldn't bend over to tie my shoes the next two days. ... I didn't think anything negative was going to happen. But I learned that lesson."

Scott said he has been feeling better each day since then, and a doctor told him he could be game-ready Sunday if everything goes well when he hits off a tee Saturday. He should be ready to come back at full-strength Tuesday, leaving five extra days between that and the day he's eligible to come off the disabled list.

Scott didn't know if that plan involves a Minor League rehab assignment, saying that decision will be made by the Rays training staff, manager Joe Maddon and executive vice president Andrew Friedman.

"It's been a tough situation. It's gotten much better," Scott said. "Today has been the best day so far, and I've seen gradual improvement every day. We still have a timetable. We have a rehab plan and everything all set up."