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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Luke Scott goes on DL with back spasms
Posted Jun 14, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Jun 15, 2012 at 10:38 AM
ST. PETERSBURG The Rays placed DH Luke Scott on the 15-day disabled list after Thursday’s 9-6 loss to the visiting Mets because of spasms in his mid-back. The move is retroactive to June 9
“I’ve been having really, really bad back spasms since Saturday, and we’re just trying to get them to go away,” Scott said.
The team will make corresponding more before Friday’s game with the visiting Marlins.
Scott said the injury was the result of swinging in the batting cage while wearing a heat pack on his back prior to his pinch-hit appearance in Friday’s win against the Marlins in Miami. The reason for the heat pack was because his back was stiff from sleeping on a soft bed at the team hotel in Miami.
Scott reached on an error and stole second base. He said his back didn’t hurt then but tightened up so much the following morning he was not able to bend over and tie his shoes.
He said his back has felt better each day, but not well enough to allow him to return to the lineup.
The Rays, who are still without 3B Evan Longoria and INF Jeff Keppinger (both are headed to Triple A Durham to begin rehab assignments this weekend), can’t afford to play with only 12 healthy position players.
Scott is eligible to come off the FL on June 24 and said he’s confident he will be activated on that day.