Setback for Scott; MRI next, opening day in doubt
UPDATE, 4:45: Manager Joe Maddon said he still needed to speak with executive VP Andrew Friedman, but acknowledged, "We're probably going to have to make some kind of decision or move.''
As for the situation, he said: "(Scott) was doing really well. Like I've talked about often, we build this whole thing in the off-season to look a certain way, so you rely on different guys to be in different spots and then right out of the chute you have to do something differntly. But I think we're covered. Like I talked about the spare parts. I don't know how that's going to work yet. I've got to learn some more information. But I've got a lot of faith in our guys and I feel really good about them. But he was looking very, very good up until this point.
As for replacements: "The bench that we've had coming into this season was pretty firm. Again, I just have to talk to Andrew and see what the possibilities are."
DEVELOPING: DH Luke Scott's status for opening day would appear to now be in significant doubt as he left a minor-league game after one at-bat and was headed for an MRI on his tight right calf.
Scott said this morning he was confident he would be ready for Tuesday's opener, and was headed to Port Charlotte to get 4-8 at-bats.
Instead he left after one, with an MRI scheduled for later Friday. Scott last played on March 23.
If he is out, the Rays could put him on the DL backdated to March 24 and have him back as soon as April 8 in Texas.
If the absence is going to be short-term the Rays are likely to seek a replacement who is on their 40-man roster, such as Stephen Vogt, Chris Gimenez or Brandon Guyer. If Scott looks to be out for an extended period, they could add a player on a minor-league deal, such as Shelley Duncan or Leslie Anderson, with the possibility they could be lost when sent back down.
- Staff writer Rick Stroud contributed to this report.