Orioles outfielder Luke Scott said Dr. James Andrews reviewed the MRA of his ailing right shoulder and made a simple proclamation: You need to get this fixed.
Scott has a SLAP tear in his right labrum and Andrews said the anterior tear affected Scott's throwing and the posterior affected his swinging.
So Andrews will perform surgery on Scott at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday in Florida, and the Orioles outfielder will be out at least four months.
According to Scott, the regular timetable with the surgery is that a player must refrain from baseball activities for four months and then, with rehab, will return to normal by six months. But Scott said he talked with Los Angeles Angels outfielder Vernon Wells this weekend and Wells, who had his labrum repaired by Andrews, said he was ready for baseball activities after three months.
And now, Wells told Scott, his surgically repaired shoulder feels better than his other one.
"I am optimistic that I'll be on that side of it (earlier than four months), that I'll heal fast," he said. "It's a tough mountain to climb. I have had Tommy John (elbow) surgery, and I know rehabbing from surgery can be a slow process."
Scott employs a physical therapist at his home in Florida and said he will work with him for a few weeks before coming back to Baltimore in mid-August to work with the Orioles training staff. He also expects to be back in September for some more rehab in Baltimore.
The always cheerful Scott tried to put at least one positive spin on having surgery – which he was hoping to avoid. An avid hunter, Scott said he'll now have to learn to shoot a gun left-handed this winter.
"I'll learn to be ambidextrous with firearms, so I look at it as a positive," he said.