ARLINGTON -- With Tuesday's move to put Luke Scott (right shoulder) on the disabled list, Nolan Reimold figures to see a lot more time in left field for the Orioles. How much, manager Buck Showalter wouldn't say.
Asked if Reimold and Felix Pie would be a straight platoon, Showalter said he didn't want to commit to something that definite.
"I will try to get them both some at-bats," he said. "[I] let Nolan get out there [Monday]. I wouldn't be surprised if Pie plays [Wednesday]. But, you know, if Nolan gets it going, I might ride with him. So, I'm going to let him get some consistent at-bats too."
Reimold entered Tuesday hitting .255 with four homers and 12 RBIs in 23 games and has done well despite the limited action. He tied a season high with four RBIs on Thursday, and the right-handed hitter could work his way into more of an everyday role. The more defensive-minded Pie was hitting .239 with no homers and five RBIs in 63 games.
Torn shoulder labrum lands Scott on DL
ARLINGTON -- Orioles outfielder Luke Scott was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, an injury he has battled all season and one that leaves his return up in the air. Scott remained optimistic that he will be able to avoid surgery, despite the potential severity of the injury.
"The last few days I haven't been helping the team," said Scott, who aggravated the injury making a catch last week and went 0-for-9 this weekend in Atlanta. "It's not for a lack of preparation or effort, it's just hard for me to get the bat head to the ball. I have to check out a few other options and this is the option that we have taken."
Scott will undergo an MRI on his right shoulder in Baltimore on Friday, and the test results should clarify the next step. If progress has been made with his rehab, the best case scenario would involve Scott coming back shortly after the All-Star break, getting another cortisone injection and playing out the rest of the season. If not, he may have to go the surgical route, which has a recovery time of about four months and would cut short what's already been a frustrating season for him, coming on the heels of a very good year in 2010, when he hit 27 homers and drove in 72 runs.
"We all know what Luke is capable of doing when he is right," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
"Sometimes, the human body just doesn't let you do it. It hasn't been for lack of trying or lack of doing everything off the field possible to get back where he is. ... We are just hoping we can get not only Luke back the player but Luke back the person a little bit, because he has been wearing it on his shoulder."
Scott -- who can't pinpoint how the injury was suffered this spring -- has remained adamant about not going under the knife, although he acknowledged for the first time Tuesday that it might be his best option. While a cortisone shot temporarily alleviated some of his problems, Scott's batting average and power numbers have dropped off substantially as he struggled with not being able to fully extend his bat.
In 63 games, Scott hit .223 with nine homers and 22 RBIs, and compared the unavoidable trip to the DL to "getting kicked in the stomach really hard."
"It's very frustrating," Scott said. "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."
Whether Scott will get that chance remains to be seen. The 33-year-old is making $6.4 million this season and will be a free agent in 2013, meaning he is entering his final year of arbitration eligibility.
"It does [enter my mind] to an extent," Scott said of his contract status. "But at the end of the day, I've been through adversity, I've been through a lot of these type of situations ... there's no question I'll come through this, in my mind. I'm not going to think about that [stuff] right now. Right now I'm just focused on getting this thing healthy and doing the best I can."
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