You know by now that Luke Scott is down for the season and will see Dr. James Andrews and get a second opinion on his right shoulder –which has a S.L.A.P tear –before deciding to go the rehab or surgical route.
There is also the very real possibility that Scott could have played his last game in an Orioles uniform. Heading into his final year of arbitration eligibility Scott, who is making $6.4 million this season, could be a non-tender candidate given that he’s due to make more next season and could be a way for the Orioles to shed payroll.
(Non-tendering is when a team chooses to not offer a contract to a certain player –mainly because the potential cost outweighs their perceived value –such as the case with reliever Matt Albers last year.)
It’s a fact Scott is well aware and one he touched on briefly on Saturday.
“As far as my future with the Orioles, my feelings are, my heart’s desire is that I want to be here when the organization makes that turn to get back to where we need to be,” Scott said. “But that’s out of my hands. All I can do is get ready for this challenge that’s coming up, getting myself ready for next spring training and bring to the table what I bring to the table when I’m healthy. Then the rest of that’s the Orioles’ decision. The Good Lord has control of my future. My heart’s desire and my hope is that it will be here.”