Struggling to play through shoulder injury, Luke Scott gets cortisone injection


Luke Scott has remained in the Orioles’ lineup despite being diagnosed with a torn labrum in his right shoulder early last month, but he’s hitting just .151 in his last 17 games and Brittany Ghiroli of reports that Scott got a cortisone injection yesterday.

According to Ghiroli he could be back in the lineup as soon as today, although given his struggles there’s really no reason for the Orioles to rush him back.

Buck Showalter indicated that shutting down Scott could be an option if he can’t get on track:

Only Luke really knows because he’s not giving it up very much, at least not to me, and I talk to him about every day in some form or fashion. He’s a tough guy. He’s going to try to play through it and we’re hoping this injection kind of frees it up a little bit. If not, then what you’re talking about is something that we might revisit.

Scott, who had a career-year in 2010 and then made headlines for his comments about Barack Obama’s birth certificate, is earning $6.4 million this season and will be arbitration eligible again in 2012.

I’d normally make some joke about needing to see proof of the torn labrum, but I suppose the .151 batting average is pretty solid evidence even by Scott’s lofty standards.

Luke Scott has a torn labrum


Luke Scott has had a sore shoulder for a while. He hurt it in spring training, actually, and it has come to bother him a lot more in recent weeks.  The Orioles sent him for an MRI, and the results are back:  he has a partial tear of his labrum. The thinking at this point is that it won’t require surgery until after the season and that he can continue to play on.  He will, however, meet with the Orioles’ team orthopedist tomorrow to get more details on a rehabilitation plan.

After that, it is widely expected that Scott will get a full humours panel, in which his relative levels of black bile, yellow bile, phlegm, and blood will be measured.  It is hoped that his shoulder can be cured by the use of a simple dwale made from lettuce juice, gall from a castrated boar, briony, opium, henbane, hemlock juice and vinegar.  If that’s not successful, however, Scott will likely be due for a full blood-letting, which will probably put him on the disabled list for at least a fortnight.

Luke Scott on Obama’s birth certificate: “Anybody can produce a document”


That sound you hear is Luke Scott’s agent and most of the Orioles’ front office simultaneously slapping their hands to their foreheads in exasperation as they read Sam Mellinger’s column in today’s Kansas City Star. You know, the one in which Luke Scott continues to be a birther despite the release of Obama’s birth certificate:

“(President Obama’s) birth certificate has yet to be validated … If they can counterfeit $100 bills, I think it’s a million times easier to counterfeit a birth certificate, if you ask me. So, all it is, let’s just see if it’s real. Anybody can produce a document, so let’s check it out.”

The rest of Mellinger’s column is, as usually, pretty sharp. Like me, he’s not going to lose sleep that there are people like Luke Scott playing baseball for a living. I mean, they’re paid to hit and throw the ball, not hold forth on the topics of the day.

But even so, you can’t help but marvel at the crazy seeping from his pores.

Looking deeper at Luke Scott

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Luke Scott caused a stir back in December when, during an interview with Dave Brown of Yahoo!’s Big League Stew, his belief that President Obama wasn’t born in America came out into the open.  This piqued the interest of Amy K. Nelson of ESPN, who spent some time with Orioles’ outfielder Luke Scott this spring. Her story is up today.  After recounting the birther stuff, she makes this observation:

Given all that, the simple assumption is that Scott is a right-wing nut, a borderline racist and a loudmouth redneck ballplayer who should keep his mouth shut. But it’s not that simple. Luke Scott will require a deeper line of thinking.

I think “deeper line of thinking” is the key phrasing here, because I don’t think Luke Scott is misunderstood. Just not fully understood.

Indeed, what we learned about Scott in the aftermath of the birther fiasco and in the early part of Nelson’s article is accurate, as far as it goes. While “nut” is a loaded term (each side of the spectrum has ’em), Scott is clearly right wing, and he admits that. He’s clearly a loudmouth, as his teammates freely — and amusingly — admit.  Borderline racist? Depends on how you define it, but the fact that Scott needed a handler during the interview to remind him to be careful with how he spoke about race  — and his use of the term “savage” when talking to a black Dominican teammate about his behavior — at least gives one pause.

None of which means that he should keep his mouth shut or that he’s a bad person. Being right wing was, last I checked, still allowed in this country. So too is being ignorant, as Scott’s apparent belief that Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. makes clear (he doesn’t back off those statements here).

Am I 100% comfortable with Scott’s views on race? Not really, but I don’t know that he or anyone else should care. He’s not my son’s civics teacher. His teammates and the people close to him don’t have a problem with him. Personally speaking, I  grew up with a lot of people like Scott. Even at its most uncomfortable, the stuff they say and believe doesn’t necessarily come from hate, even if it does reflect real beliefs and even if it is ignorant.

And perhaps the biggest reason Luke Scott doesn’t bother me is revealed in what Orioles’ GM Andy MacPhail says about him:

“I’ve met a lot of people in this game who will say the right thing every time,” he says, “but maybe not act in a manner that is the most laudatory. Luke’s the opposite.”

Luke Scott says and believes crazy stuff. He keeps 114 guns in a small, temporary apartment. I’m guessing only a small segment of the HBT readership would be able to find much political, social or personal common ground with Scott.  The fact that he happens to be a good guy doesn’t change that he’s kind of wacky and the fact that he’s kind of wacky doesn’t change that he’s a good guy. Everyone is more than their political and social beliefs, and no one outside of the most cartoonish fictional villains are good or evil, black or white.

Scott is kind of a knucklehead who I’m not sure I’d invite to dinner. He’s also got a lot more complexity and likability to him than we’d expect based on how some people portrayed him after his comments to Dave Brown.  I guess what I’m saying is that nobody really knows anyone all that well, and just because he put his worst foot forward back in December doesn’t mean it wasn’t a true part of him, nor does it explain everything about him.

The same goes for most people, actually. And it’s kind of sad that we forget that so often.

Orioles’ Luke Scott suffers groin injury

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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.