Luke Scott was placed on the disabled list with a strained oblique on July 21st, but the Rays designated hitter is ready to return to the big league club on Tuesday after his rehab assignment with the Charlotte Stone Crabs.
Scott went 8-for-26 with 2 home runs and six RBI during his eight games for the Rays A+ club, while finishing on a high note during his last game, going 2-3 with two walks and one RBI. After the game, Scott said that he "still notices" his oblique injury, but that he is "good to go".
The Rays are coming off a sweep against the Los Angeles Angles, while sitting on top of the Wild Card standings in the American League. When asked how eager he was to return to the club, Scott said: "I'm very excited. The boys are playing great. Getting great starting pitching and the offense is starting to realize their potential. The guys are having great at bats, and we're protecting each other in the lineup. From what I've been watching on TV, it's just been really good for us."
Scott has been on the disabled list for a month, and is looking to provide the Rays with an extra boost during the final stretch of the regular season.
"My expectations are to play hard and play well. Our goal is to win the division. There are still five weeks left," Scott said. "I've been patient. It's been a challenge every day for me to be patient. We all have to go through that at one point in life."
While evaluating the season to this point, Scott said: "It's been a season of adversity. I've had some good moments, and I've had some time of difficulty. I've had to overcome some obstacles, but through it all it's been a great experience. The teammates are great. The staff and management are great. The city is great. I'm from Florida, so I get to play in my home state. I'm very excited and thankful for that. There are five weeks left and I think the best has yet to come."
Although Scott is eager to return to the big leagues, he has also shared advice with some of the minor league players in Port Charlotte.
"I'm just trying to share the knowledge of my experiences coming up, and my experiences at the major league level. I just encourage them. Just share some of my experiences and the wisdom that I've learned from other players, and just my time being up there."
While on the disabled list, the 34-year-old has also followed the trend of his teammates and joined the social media service Twitter.
"I have joined Twitter, but I haven't been on it in two weeks. I've been trying it out. I'm very vocal about my beliefs, and a lot of controversial topics, so I tend to get attacked from the liberal side of things. They take my words and twist it and start trouble, so I have to be careful with how I word things, just because of people out there with evil intent," Scott noted.
"I don't sugar coat anything. People ask my opinion about what I believe, and I hammer it to them. If they don't like it, they can do whatever they want with their lives. I'm a straight shooter. I try and treat people the way I want to be treated. If I ask someone a question, I want them to give me a straight answer."
______________________________________________________________ Subscribe to RaysDigest.com today! Only $79.95 brings you one full year of Total Access Pass and all premium content on RaysDigest.com, the Scout Player and Roster Database (including the 'Hot News' at the top of the site), Breaking News and Information, Total Access to all Scout.com Websites and Player Pages which detail the progress and careers of players from high school, college, the minors, and the pro ranks.
Sample the RaysDigest.com Total Access Pass at no risk for 7 days, then pay only $7.95 or $21.95. If you want to save 2 months off of the monthly subscription price, simply choose the annual RaysDigest.com Total Access Pass at $79.95.