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Scott could be headed to DL with calf injury

Posted Mar 29, 2013 by Roger Mooney

Updated Mar 29, 2013 at 04:40 PM

Rays designated hitter Luke Scott may be headed to the disabled list with a calf injury he suffered earlier this week.

Scott, who was scheduled to get four to eight at-bats in a minor league game this afternoon, left after one at-bat because of tightness in his right calf. He was scheduled to undergo an MRI this afternoon.

Rays manager Joe Maddon learned of the injury after the Rays 8-3 loss to the Tigers. He had yet to talk with executive vice president of baseball Andrew Friedman, but said, “we’ll probably have to make some sort of decision or move.”

Who the Rays bring up from Triple A Durham to replace Scott will depend on how many games they expect Scott to miss. His time on the disabled list will be backdated to last Sunday, which makes him eligible to return to the Rays by April 8.

If Scott 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, perhaps Chris Gimenez, Stephen Vogt or Brandon Guyer.

If they determine Scott will be out for an extended period they may be forced to bring up a non-roster player such as Shelley Duncan or Leslie Anderson. That move will require the Rays to take a player off the 40-man roster and risk losing him to another team.

“(Scott) was doing really well,” Maddon said. “We build this whole thing in the offseason to look a certain way and rely on different guys to be in different spots, and right out of the shoot we have to do something differently. But I think we’re covered. I like the spare parts. I don’t know how that’s going to work yet based on I got hear some more information, but I have a lot of faith in our guys and feel really good about them. But he was looking good up until this point.”

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