Tampa Bay Rays DH Luke Scott may be headed to the disabled list with a calf injury he suffered earlier in the week.
In and out of the Spring Training lineup with leg injuries of some sort since early March, Scott was scheduled to get four to eight at-bats in a minor league game this afternoon. He, instead, left after only one at-bat because of tightness in his right calf. Scott was scheduled to undergo an MRI this afternoon.
Rays skipper Joe Maddon learned of the injury following the Rays 8-3 loss to the Tigers, though hadn’t talked with executive vice president of baseball Andrew Friedman at that point. He was, however, quoted as saying, “we’ll probably have to make some sort of decision or move.”
Who the Rays bring up from Triple-A Durham to replace Scott on the roster would depend on how many games they expect him to miss.
If he is not expected to miss more than the first half of the season the Rays will likely call up a player already on the 40-man roster, such as Chris Gimenez, Stephen Vogt or Brandon Guyer. Though if they determine he will be out for an extended period of time, they may have to bring up a non-roster player like Shelley Duncan or Leslie Anderson. Unfortunately that move would require the Rays to take a player off the 40-man roster and risk losing him to another team
Scott’s time on the DL will be backdated to last Sunday, making him eligible to return to the Rays by April 8th.
How this bodes for Scott’s 500 plus at-bat bonus is anyone’s guess.