Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Rays v Tigers: Scott returns to RF for 1st time since ‘07 season
Posted Feb 28, 2013 by Roger Mooney
Updated Feb 28, 2013 at 11:05 AM
PORT CHARLOTTE Another day, another Ray makes a return to the outfield after a long absence.
On Wednesday, it was Kelly Johnson who played LF for the first time since Oct. 1, 2005.
Today it is Luke Scott, who starts in right field against the visiting Tigers at Charlotte Sports Park.
It hasn’t been nearly as long of an absence for Scott, who last played the outfield July 3, 2011 for the Orioles against the Braves in Atlanta. He last played right field on Sept. 26, 2007 when he was with the Astros.
“It’s been a while but I think I can remember,” Scott said when asked if he knew the way to right field.
Scott injured his right shoulder on June 28, 2011 when leaping at the wall to rob Matt Holliday of the Cardinals of a home run. Surgery in August of that year robbed him of the rest of the season and prevented him from playing the outfield last season with the Rays.
“I paid a big price for it,” Scott said.
Johnson returns to left field today for the second straight day. Evan Longoria is back at third base for the second time this spring.
Roberto Hernandez makes his second start of the spring. Matt Moore will follow him to the mound for his spring debut.
Here is the Rays lineup: