{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Scott on DL with strained calf, could be out five weeks

|
Scott on DL with strained calf, could be out five weeks play video for Scott on DL with strained calf, could be out five weeks

ST. PETERSBURG -- Luke Scott was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, backdated to March 24, after receiving a cortisone shot in his strained right calf.

Scott aggravated his calf Friday after his first at-bat in a Triple-A game in Port Charlotte, Fla. He stressed that the strain was "quite small" but just enough to keep him from pushing off his right leg when running out of the batter's box. While Rays manager Joe Maddon estimated that the injury will keep Scott off the field for two to three weeks, he cautioned that it could be as long as five weeks before the designated hitter returns.

"It's very disappointing to say the least," Scott said. "But I've been down this road before, and it [stinks]."

Tampa Bay will announce a corresponding roster move Sunday, calling up another player from within the organization to take Scott's spot. Maddon said he had some ideas about how to order his lineup against right-handed pitchers, like Orioles Opening Day starter Jason Hammel.

The Rays could use Kelly Johnson as the DH, put Ben Zobrist at second base and run out an outfield of Sam Fuld, Desmond Jennings and Matt Joyce. They could also choose to play Zobrist in right, Johnson at second and Joyce as the DH.

Their options are not quite as clear against left-handed pitchers, like Baltimore's No. 2 starter Wei-Yin Chen. That's why it would seem likely that the Rays will call up a right-handed hitter on the 40-man roster, perhaps Chris Gimenez or Brandon Guyer, if indeed this won't be a long-term injury.

Scott attributed his various strains and muscle tightness to drinking too much water. During Spring Training, he explained, he consumes about a gallon of alkaline water every day, flushing the electrolytes out of his system and causing him to cramp.

Scott doesn't believe the injury will become a lingering issue. He hopes the cortisone injection will help him heal more quickly and that his stint on the disabled list won't last much longer than April 8, when he's eligible to return.

"That's definitely the goal. That's being optimistic," Scott said. "That's what we hope for, come off as soon as possible or whenever I'm ready. But at the same time, just make sure that the thing is right. Going to go through some tests, make sure that it's right before I get out there."

Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español