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Luke Scott on whether he can keep playing this year

Luke Scott's decision on his ailing right shoulder will be made within the next week. He is either going to be a productive member of the Orioles' lineup or he is shutting himself down for the remainder of the season.

"I'm going to come up here and do well if I'm capable of doing well. If I'm not, then I have to go down the road of rehab or surgery," said Scott, who was activated from the disabled list Friday and immediately inserted in the starting lineup as the designated hitter and sixth batter. "I'm gathering all the information I possibly can to make the best decision possible if that comes. Right now, I'm focused on going out there and doing a good job (Friday) and the next few days."

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After hitting two homers and driving in six runs Thursday in a rehab game at Double-A Bowie, Scott decided to test his shoulder – he has a several-inch tear in his right labrum – for a few more days in the big leagues.

"We've been talking about three to five days," Scott said. "I feel like that will be plenty of time to measure whether I've got enough and it allows me to do a good job."

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Since he has been playing with discomfort for most of the season, he said the determining factor in his decision will be if he can produce offensively the way he expects to. In 63 games this year, Scott has hit .223 with nine homers and 22 RBIs. In 2010, when he was the Most Valuable Oriole, he batted .284 with 27 homers and 72 RBIs in 131 games.

"It's pointless if I come up here and (play) the way I've done the last month. It's pointless coming out here. It's not helping the team, it's not helping myself. It's not being a benefit," Scott said. "So, at the end of the day you have to make an honest evaluation. Although my hearts in it, my desire, my work ethic, it's all there. But something's broke and it needs to be fixed."

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he is on board with Scott's plan, because the club could use his power if he can overcome the shoulder issue.

"I'm hoping it's fine, it's manageable, it's better than it was before, and he's productive and he finishes the year with us," Showalter said.

If Scott decides to have the labrum surgically repaired, he will be on the shelf for at least four months. He needs to make that call soon so he can be ready for spring training. Scott has been asking teammates about their experiences and said Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy had shoulder surgery and it took him six months to rebound and more than year to return to form. Pitcher Jason Berken used rest and rehab and no longer has any shoulder discomfort.

"I want to avoid (surgery) at all costs, but if its riskier to not have the surgery … then surgery will win out and we come to the question: Who's going to do it and all that stuff," Scott said. "I've been going through a lot of scenarios in my head, talking to a lot of people, my agent. I'm just getting as much information as I can."

Scott is arbitration eligible this winter and is under club control for one more year. It's possible the Orioles could decide not to tender him a contract, which would make him a free agent at season's end.

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