Scott gets shot in his shoulder
Outfielder Luke Scott received a cortisone injection in his ailing right shoulder on Sunday, a measure the team hopes will continue to keep Scott, who was diagnosed with a torn labrum earlier this season, on the field.
Scott was not available to pinch-hit on Sunday, although he still petitioned his case to manager Buck Showalter, and the team is optimistic he will be a go for Monday’s series opener against Oakland.
The Orioles are slated to face a pair of lefty starters in Gio Gonzalez on Monday and Josh Outman Wednesday and the left-handed hitting Scott probably wouldn’t start either of those games but would be available off the bench.
Scott has maintained that he will not undergo season-ending surgery on his shoulder, although it is clearly still bothering him at the plate. Coming off a career year offensively, Scott is batting .224 with six homers and 19 RBIs in 46 games, including a .151 average over his last 17 contests.
Asked if it might be worth considering shutting down Scott, Showalter said the team will continue to evaluate that option and figure out what’s best.
“Only Luke really knows [how much the injury is affecting him] because he’s not giving it up very much, at least not to me, and I talk to him about every day in some form or fashion,” Showalter said. “He’s a tough guy. He’s going to try to play through it and we’re hoping this injection kind of frees it up a little bit. If not, then what you’re talking about [in shutting him down] is something that we might revisit.”