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Scott called hamstring injury ‘mild,’ not sure when he will return

Posted Apr 10, 2012 by Roger Mooney

Updated Apr 10, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Rays DH Luke Scott called his left hamstring injury “mild,” but was not sure when he will return to the lineup.

Scott said an MRI showed only inflammation. He received a cortisone shot Monday and said this morning it was sore.

“We’re going to see how it plays out,” he said before today’s game with the Tigers. “It’s something that’s mild. It’s not serious. No gaping hole or nothing like that.”

Rays manager Joe Maddon said he does not anticipate Scott playing this afternoon or Wednesday.

“Hopefully in three or four days we’ll be able to have him back but I’m not 100 percent sure of that,” Maddon said.

Jeff Keppinger replaced Scott at DH in today’s lineup with Sean Rodriguez moving over to second base and Reid Brignac getting a start at shortstop.

Scott said this is the third straight season he’s dealt with a hamstring issue that occurred during the season-opening series at Tropicana Field. In 2010 and 2011 he injured his hamstring while playing for the Orioles.

The 2010 injury happened when he hit the third base bag after legging out a triple. That injury sent him to the 15-day disabled list.

Scott said he missed a handful of games last season.

He suffered this injury Sunday when running out an infield pop up during his first at-bat.

Today begins the 10-game, three-city road trip that will include chilly weather in Detroit and Boston. Scott said he is not sure what role the weather will play in his return.

“You never know,” he said. “It’s all going to depend on how it feels and how it reacts. It’s a long season. (My) competitive side wants to get out there as soon as I can and push it, but that would not be wise. Wisdom says if it takes an extra day or two or three it’s worth it to get it completely done, taken care of, healed up and just cut down that risk of having something worse happen or lingering.”

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