The Rays are in search of a designated hitter, and with Delmon Young off the table, the options are dwindling. Which has them looking at bringing back an old friend: Luke Scott. Marc Topkin reports that there’s a “mutual interest” between Scott and the Rays at a reunion.
Scott hit a Delmon Young-esque .229/.285/.439 with 14 homers and a .725 OPS last season, but I suppose if the options are poor, you go with the devil you know.
Upside: if he stays with the Rays I’ll be able to continue using the pic that accompanies this post for several more months. I really, really love this pic.
As expected the Rays have activated Luke Scott from the disabled list after the designated hitter missed exactly a month with an oblique injury.
Scott hit just .225 with a .716 OPS in 68 games before the injury, although prior to being shut down he had shown some signs of life by going 15-for-39 (.385) with three homers in his last 10 games.
To make room for Scott’s return the Rays demoted Opening Day shortstop Sean Rodriguez to Triple-A, where he hasn’t played since 2009.
Rodriguez has basically been an everyday player for the Rays during the past two seasons while moving around the infield, but he simply hasn’t hit. Tampa Bay would rather go with Ben Zobrist and Eliot Johnson at shortstop and Ryan Roberts and Jeff Keppinger at second base, although presumably Rodriguez will be back in September.
Luke Scott finally got a hit last night.
After striking out in his first two at-bats against the Indians, Scott connected for a two-run home run off Justin Masterson in the top of the fifth inning. The homer broke an 0-for-41 hitless streak which dated back to June 2.
Scott, who recently said that he would be driven to drink if he wasn’t a Christian man, expressed relief to MLB.com’s Bill Chastian that the hitless streak is now behind him.
“Just take a 300-pound gorilla and pull it off my back. Just been a lot of weight. A lot of pressure. And I hope this is the start of getting back on track.”
Scott finished five at-bats shy of the major-league record for a position player, which was set when Eugenio Velez went hitless in 46 at-bats between the Giants and Dodgers from 2010 to 2011.