Orioles activate Scott from DL
Outfielder recovers from strained left shoulder
Continuing what has proven to be a season of constant shifting, the Orioles announced two more moves Wednesday, placing right-handed pitcher Koji Uehara on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Consequently, the team has also reinstated outfielder-designated hitter Luke Scott.
Scott, who was placed on the DL with a left shoulder strain, insisted he feels like he's ready to play. "My shoulder's good," Scott said. "It's just getting my timing back and getting my swing back a little bit. The top hand's a little bit weak, naturally, so controlling the bat head was a little bit difficult, but I feel good. Glad to be back."
Scott went on the 15-day DL back on May 11 after straining his left shoulder. He went through two designated rehab starts with the Orioles' Class A affiliate, Delmarva Shorebirds, May 25 and 26th. In those two appearances, Scott went 3-for-4 with a home run.
When asked how it felt to be back with the Orioles, Scott wasted no time in answering.
"It makes you appreciate being here," Scott said, with a smile. "The lights are tough [in Delmarva], it's hard to see. The clubhouse is small and there's nothing to eat, but it really makes you appreciate where you are."
Scott has appeared in 29 games with the Orioles this season, hitting .303 with five home runs and 15 RBIs. Although at the time of his injury Scott felt like he could still play, he realized the move to the DL was necessary.
"I thought I wanted to wait at least another day or two because we had a day off in New York, and the way I was progressing, I thought I could possibly be ready for New York and not have to go on the DL," Scott said. "But it turned out that I needed to go on the DL and we also had to make a move for a pitcher. So I understood the whole process. It was just a tough situation. That happens in life and it happens in baseball. Now I just have to get back to where I was, speed my eyes back up and get the repetitions up."
Scott will bat in the sixth spot for Wednesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, and serve as the team's designated hitter. The Orioles took the first two games of the series against their neighbors to the north, and will look to earn the sweep with a win Wednesday. The move to start Scott was easy for Orioles manager Dave Trembley, however, who felt it was best to put Scott in against the right-handed Roy Halladay.
"Luke Scott is ready to play," Trembley said. "He's a left-handed hitter and there's a right-handed pitcher going, and I think more times than not when there's a right-handed pitcher, he's going to be the designated hitter or in the lineup somewhere. But he's going to play."
Brian Eller is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.