Tampa Bay Rays slugger Luke Scott will reportedly be able to begin his Minor League rehab assignment as early as Tuesday. There is no question the first baseman is ready to return to the active roster as soon as possible after his stint on the 15-day disabled list.
Scott was placed on the disabled list on March 31 with a strained right calf. Considering he has not spent time in a game since Spring Training, the Rays feel the best decision is to give the 34-year-old some playing time in Triple-A. Playing in the field mixed with some quality at-bats will be enough to get Scott ready for his 2013 Major League Baseball debut.
The reason Tampa Bay is confident Scott is ready to start his rehab assignment is because of his successful run through various baseball activities Sunday morning. He was able to run full speed on the base paths, which is a huge plus at this point. Not to mention, he was able to take part in batting practice without any issues.
“It’s been a long process and a testing of patience, but I’ve been disciplined in not trying to push it too much and listen to my body,” Scott told TampaBayRays.com. “It’s been a little stubborn at times, but I like where I’m at. Today was a good day.
“I’m going to go in [to the trainer’s room], get on my hands and knees and beg to send me out. I’m optimistic they’ll turn me loose.”
The left-handed batter posted a .229 batting average with 14 home runs, 55 RBI, 22 doubles, one triple and five stolen bases in 314 at-bats with the Rays last season. Tampa Bay is hoping for a better performance than that this year after signing him to a one-year, $2.75 million contract.