Scott on his shoulder, surgery & future

Orioles outfielder Luke Scott was placed on the disabled list today, and he will have an MRA on his right shoulder (where he has a torn labrum) on Friday in Baltimore. Scott said he is still hoping to avoid surgery and Friday’s test, which is similar to an MRI except they inject dye into the area for a better picture, should go a long way in determining what he does going forward.

The plan right now is for Scott to go on the DL and rest for a minimum of a few weeks, provided that the MRA will show the area has progressed. But if it’s gotten worse, which is a possibility given that Scott said the pain has intensified, the Orioles will have to decide whether it’s better to just shut him down for what would be four months.

This injury comes at a critical juncture for Scott, who is headed into his final year of arbitration and would be poised to make a significant amount of money in 2012. The Orioles would have to decide if he’s worth investing in for the future.

I’ll have more later, but here’s a few quotes from Scott.

[on going on the DL]

“It’s very frustrating. The little boy in me still has dreams, I want to do well and I want to see good things come to the city of Baltimore and be a part of turning around this organization and getting this organization back to the playoffs.

This offseason I worked like a mad man to make that happen on my part as far as bringing a piece to the puzzle that’s going to help…It’s frustrating. It’s like getting kicked in the stomach really hard. ”

[on avoiding surgery]

“I do not want to be cut on. I want to avoid surgery at all costs if I can. But at the end of the day if it turns out that surgery is the best option, it’s necessary that I have to do it, then of course I have to do it. But I am still on my knees praying and just hoping that I don’t have to have surgery.”

[on how his shoulder feels now]

Yeah, since I hit the wall [on Tuesday], it started to bother me some more. It’s just not working the way I want. So the plan is I’ve got a MRA, which is the ink injection one, it is going to be more in-depth and more detailed than the MRI, and I will be able to see if it has stayed the same, if it has progressed or regressed. And then we’ll make the necessary decisions and steps after that.

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