Scott to play through torn shoulder labrum
MRI shows SLAP tear; injury affects throwing, but not hitting
BALTIMORE -- An MRI on Monday revealed that Orioles outfielder Luke Scott has a SLAP (superior labrum anterior to posterior) tear in his right shoulder, although the injury isn't expected to put him on the disabled list.
Scott has been bothered since Spring Training by what he described as an impingement in his right arm, and Monday's MRI revealed a pre-existing injury that had been aggravated, causing a partial tear in the labrum area. Both Scott and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said the expectation is he will continue to play with the injury since it only affects his throwing.
Scott said he is considering offseason surgery, and the plan right now is for him to be evaluated by team orthopedist John Wilckens and the team's athletic training staff on Tuesday to work out the best way to keep his pain under control.
Given that Scott's offense hasn't suffered, manager Buck Showalter could opt to rotate Felix Pie in at left field more often, perhaps giving Scott more rest or time at designated hitter. With a team-leading six home runs and 14 RBIs, Scott's bat is badly needed in Baltimore's lineup.
Scott, who wanted to get an MRI on his ailing shoulder for "peace of mind," said the news was extremely disappointing.
"It's frustrating, it's tough to deal with," said Scott, who couldn't pinpoint how he aggravated his shoulder or recall exactly how the injury was first suffered.
"But I've been playing through pain since this season started. So I'll do the best I can, and we will see what happens. ... But I'm not having surgery [right now]. I'm going to play."
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