ST. PETERSBURG -- In another positive development for the Rays on the injury front, designated hitter Luke Scott took live batting practice and did his full routine before Wednesday's game with the Blue Jays.
On the 15-day disabled list since July 21 due to an oblique strain, Scott said he feels fine and is ready to face velocity, whether it is in a rehab assignment or not.
"Today was much better than [Tuesday] as far as discomfort or any tightness," Scott said Wednesday. "Everything is free and easy, and today was a good day."
Rays manager Joe Maddon said he believes Scott would be fine to go on a rehab assignment, but had to discuss it with the training staff.
The 34-year-old Scott said his biggest test would be getting his timing right to hit a fastball. Once he has that set, he should be fine to return.
Scott is currently on the disabled list for the second time this year and said he didn't want to rush back from the injury and hurt it further.
"Your heart and mind tell you: 'Hey, get back. You need to get back now,'" Scott said. "But wisdom and my gray hairs say I gotta come back when I'm ready. It doesn't do me any good to come back if I'm not ready, it doesn't do the team any good."
Whenever Scott is ready to return to Tampa Bay, there may be a logjam for playing time. He has played almost exclusively as a designated hitter in 2012, but Evan Longoria, who came off the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday, may not be ready to play the field, either.
Scott, who had offseason shoulder surgery, may not be ready to throw a baseball, especially with his current oblique issue. He said that when he is ready to play the field again, it would likely be at first base and not left field, which he has also played in the past.