Luke Scott to start season on DL, remain out at least 2-3 weeks
UPDATE, 4:23: Maddon said Scott would be out a minimum of 2-3 weeks from now, pushing his return to mid- to late-April, and possibly up to 5, though being a DH should make it more on the short end. The Rays will wait until Sunday to name his replacement, still mulling options.
UPDATE, 3:29: Scott said he is going on the DL and hopes it will be a short stay. He received a cortisone shot in the strained calf in hopes that gets the inflammation down. He said he was "very disappointed, to say the least.''
He would be eligible to return April 8.
The Rays have not yet said who will tak hios place on the roster.
Scott thinks his repeated muscle issues are the result of drinking too much water. He drinks a gallon of special alkaline water a day.
UPDATE, 12:11: Rays exc VP Friedman said he also expects Scott to end up on DL, and they are planning to announce his replacement later today.
DEVELOPING: An MRI showed a strain in DH Luke Scott's right calif and manager Joe Maddon said Scott is "more than likely" headed to the DL.
Scott will see team orthopedist Dr. Koco Eaton today, and a final determination will be made. How long Scott is expected to be out will impact whom the Rays added to the roster as his replacement.
Adding a right-handed hitter makes the most sense as they were a bit left-handed with Scott.
If it is short-term, they will take someone already on the 40-man roster, with OF Brandon Guyer perhaps the top choice, especially if Sam Fuld, who was the backup outfielder, ends up in the lineup more often. Other 40-man options are Chris Gimenez and lefty-swinging Stephen Vogt.
If Scott is going to be out a while, the Rays could turn to Shelley Duncan, who is on a minor-league deal and would have to be added to the 40-man. The downside is that if/when the Rays seek to send him down they could lose him.