Luke Scott Nearing Return

Luke Scott has been progressing to the point that he is aiming to return for the Orioles Tuesday when he’s eligible to come off of the disabled list.

Scott has been out since July 3rd with a tear in his labrum.  He received some good news last week when he found that his shoulder was mending to the point where it wouldn’t require season ending surgery.  Instead, Scott received a cortisone injection to relieve some of the discomfort.

Next for the 33 year old will be a minor league rehab assignment.  Scott was able to make it through batting practice Saturday and will likely see live action with the Orioles’ Double-A affiliate Monday.

“If he [Scott] takes at-bats Sunday, Monday and feels good and we get a good return from that, there’s the potential of Tuesday,” manager Buck Showalter said. “But we haven’t gotten to the point where he feels DH-able over there [Bowie]. We’d like for him to be able to come back and do the things that Luke’s capable of doing.”

With teammate Vladimir Guerrero hitting the DL Saturday, Scott will likely be filling his role of designated hitter upon returning.  Scott was the O’s primary DH in 2009 and 2010 when he was able to go yard 25 and 27 times.  Baltimore moved him to left field this season to make room for Guerrero and keep his bat in the lineup.

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