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Scott officially signed, RHP De La Rosa DFA’d to make room on the 40-man

Posted Feb 6, 2013 by Roger Mooney

Updated Feb 6, 2013 at 08:50 PM

Tribune Staff

ST. PETERSBURG The Rays made it officially early Wednesday evening when they signed designated hitter Luke Scott to a one-year, $2.75 million deal.

“I’m excited about coming back,” Scott said. “I was very blessed to have some options to choose from, and it just happens to workout. I said my prayers, I asked God for guidance on where he wanted to send me, and this where I ended up.”

To make room on the 40-man roster the Rays designated RHP Dane De La Rose for assignment.

Scott, bothered by injuries to his back and oblique, played in only 96 games in 2012, batting .229 with a .285 on-base percentage and a .439 slugging percentage. He hit 14 home runs and drove in 55 runs. He also suffered through a 0-for-41 slump.

Much of that could be attributed to Scott’s season-ending right shoulder surgery in August 2011. It prevented him from having his normal swing and played a role in the back and oblique injuries that sent him to the disabled list on two occasions.

Scott said he adjusted his offseason workouts, placing an emphasis on his hips and core muscles. He used his bow for cross training to increase the strength in his shoulder and added muscle. He said he weighs 218 pounds, which is what he weighed during his productive years in Baltimore when he averaged 25 home runs a season.

“My shoulder is feeling great throwing-wise and hitting-wise,” he said. “I have no restrictions hitting.”

Scott said he will be able to play first base and the outfield this season.

“Now I can do things defensively,” he said.

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