MASN’s Steve Melewski posted an interview with Luke Scott yesterday (http://www.masnsports.com/steve_melewski/2011/06/luke-scott-on-shoulder-injury-its-impacting-my-hitting.html) where Scott says the Labrum tear is impacting his hitting.
We already knew that the injury was causing Scott ‘severe pain’ when he attempted to make throws from LF. Due to that, Scott is essentially an option for 1st and DH only. With Lee, and Guerrero on the roster, obviously that is a problem.
If Scott was hitting, you would continue to deal with this roster crunch, and make the best of it. To get his bat going, Scott told Melewski he had a cortisone shot. The O’s are going to want to see what happens as a result of that shot. The question is how long do you give him? A week? Two weeks? A month?
Scott has an OPS of .847 for his career. Last year he had 4 different months with an OPS over .900. With his OPS at .712 as of today, it is not exactly shocking to hear that the Labrum is hurting his offense. I do not think you can give a month to get things going though. More to the point, I don’t see Scott raising his value between now and the end of July, to the point that the O’s would be in position to trade him (without giving him away). As such, I think there is a good argument to be made that the best course of action is to start Scott’s rehab now and position him to be full-strength for the start of 2012.
I’m willing to give him a couple of weeks here to see if the cortisone shot can get him going. A lot of us still remember that Melvin Mora had a cortisone shot during the 2008 All-Star break, and went on a tear to end that year. Here’s hoping for similar results for Scott.
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