Orioles’ Luke Scott suffers groin injury


The Orioles are going to be without one of their main sluggers for the next couple of days.

Or maybe longer.

According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, outfielder Luke Scott had to be lifted from Saturday night’s game — the same game that saw Rays third baseman Evan Longoria suffer an oblique injury — due to some kind of groin problem.

Scott apparently suffered the groin injury while pushing out of the batter’s box on a fielder’s choice groundout in the seventh inning. Felix Pie came on to pinch-run and then stayed in left field, making a throw that helped the O’s win the game.

Scott served primarily as Baltimore’s designated hitter last season, but was moved back to the outfield this winter when Vladimir Guerrero was signed. That position change may mean a lengthier recovery time if Scott suffered a muscle strain or something more serious.

UPDATE: Scott told the Sun‘s Jeff Zrebiec that he’s mostly fine and expects to play Wednesday.

Royals sign Clay Buchholz to minor league deal

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Royals have signed pitcher Clay Buchholz to a minor league deal. Buchholz will earn a $1.5 million salary if he makes the club’s major league roster and can earn an additional $250,000 through incentives. Buchholz has an opt-out date set for May 1, which means if he isn’t on the Royals’ 25-man roster by then, he can request his release.

Buchholz, 33, was acquired by the Phillies from the Red Sox in December 2016, but he made only two starts before an MRI revealed he had a partial tear of his right flexor pronator mass. He underwent surgery in April and missed the rest of the season.

The Royals recently lost Jesse Hahn, who was diagnosed with a sprained right UCL. Buchholz would likely be in consideration for a rotation spot if another starter were to suffer an injury. Presently, the Royals’ rotation appears set with Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel, Jake Junis, and Nate Karns.