Free agent outfielder/designated hitter Luke Scott is ready to return to the majors, per Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com. According to Kubatko, the 39-year-old Scott recently turned up at the Winter Meetings to announce his intention to return to pro ball, either as a player or a hitting coach. No interested parties appear to have stepped forward so far.
Scott was last seen with the Rays in 2013, when he rounded out his nine-year career in the majors with a .241/.326/.415 batting line, nine home runs and 40 RBI in 291 PA. He signed on with the SK Wyverns of the KBO League in 2014, but ended a 33-game stint on bad terms with the club following a public confrontation over his plantar fasciitis and subsequent demotion to the reserve team. He caught on with the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate in 2015 and was released after just three months in Toronto’s system.
It’s not too far-fetched to believe that Scott’s age, lack of recent major league experience and history of controversial comments could be giving teams some pause this offseason. If he does manage to latch onto a team, it’ll likely be on a minor-league deal.
The Cardinals have placed right-hander Carlos Martinez on the 10-day disabled list with a right oblique strain, per a team announcement on Saturday. The move is retroactive to July 20. No definite timetable has been set for his return to the rotation yet, but interim manager Mike Shildt told reporters he feels confident that Martinez will only need to skip one start before taking the mound again.
Martinez, 26, sustained the injury while trying to snare a line drive during Thursday’s 9-6 loss to the Cubs. It hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing for the righty this season, as he lost nearly four weeks to a right lat strain and pitched to a 5.32 ERA after returning to the Cardinals’ roster in early June. Overall, however, his numbers look a little stronger: He’s 6-6 in 17 starts with a 3.39 ERA, 4.5 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 through 95 2/3 innings.
In a corresponding move, right-handed reliever John Brebbia has been recalled from Triple-A Memphis. The 28-year-old Brebbia has already enjoyed three short-lived stints in the majors this season; he currently holds a cumulative 4.13 ERA, 2.2 BB/9, 9.9 SO/9 and two saves in 32 2/3 innings with the club.