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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Posted Aug 15, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Aug 15, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Looks like Luke Scott will have to unpack his equipment bag.
After telling the Tribune on Tuesday night that he was ready to rejoin the Rays and expected to spend today flying to Anaheim to meet up with the team tonight, Scott was told he is going to spend a few more days in the minor leagues, possibly with Class A Charlotte.
“We planned him out for the next three days. He’s going to stay there, play some defense, play some DH and first base just to get him back on the field,” Joe Maddon said before today’s game with the Mariners in Seattle. “I ended up being honest with him. Right now there are not enough at bats for him where as we’d like him to sharpen up that bat a little bit and play a little defense – get stretched out there in case we need him there, too. So just based on what was coming up right now, we thought it was the right way to go about it.”
Scott, who played four games with the Stone Crabs and had four hits in 14 at-bats, including a two-run homer Tuesday against the Bradenton Marauders, told the Tribune after the game in Bradenton that his strained oblique is fine and that his swing won’t get any better unless he faces major league pitching. He hoped the Rays would agree.
But with DH Evan Longoria’s left hamstring not well enough for him to play third base, there is no room for Scott in the Rays lineup.
So, it looks as if Scott won’t rejoin the team until at least Monday when they return to the Trop to begin a six-game homestand.
“We’re going to reevaluate on Saturday, probably going to be that way. But if something were to come up you could see him sooner,” Maddon said.