Orioles outfielder Luke Scott, who came off the disabled on Friday afternoon and was hoping to test his ailing right shoulder for a few days before deciding what to do next, experienced enough discomfort on Friday night that it looks like he might be done for the season.
“I think Luke is headed back to the disabled list,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said after Friday’s 6-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. “First at-bat, he said [he had] discomfort or what have you. I talked to him between at-bats, and I didn’t particularly like what I was seeing, but he wasn’t giving in.”
Scott declined comment after the game, saying he would speak before Saturday’s game. But on Friday afternoon he said if he couldn’t make it through the next few days, he would shut himself down for the year and decide whether to have his torn right labrum surgically repaired or rest and rehab the shoulder. Regardless of which decision is made, his 2011 looks to be over.
“It’s tough, because we know what he has been going through all year, and hopefully it gets healed and everything gets back to where we know Luke can be,” catcher Matt Wieters said. “Whatever is going to be best for him and best for his family is what we want him to do. We just want to get him healthy.”
Showalter said he saw enough from Scott that he would have replaced him with a pinch-hitter if his spot had come up in the ninth.
“I was hoping starting out that it was something we could work through. But we said before, it’s not probably going to heal until the offseason, and we were hoping he could play through it,” Showalter said. “I talked to him in my office and in the dugout before the last at-bat, and it’s probably an avenue we don’t go down anymore.”
Showalter said he and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail would talk about what to do with Scott’s roster spot. One possible scenario is to recall outfielder Matt Angle, who was demoted to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for Scott on Friday. That’s possible because an injury created the opening.