Luke Scott of the Baltimore Orioles walks back to the dugout after striking out swinging in the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 28, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Luke Scott Out For Season With Torn Labrum

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Luke Scott Injury: Orioles Outfielder To Have Shoulder Surgery, Miss Rest Of Season

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Luke Scott has been trying to play through a torn shoulder labrum for much of the season. He was just recently activated from a DL stint that was related to his shoulder, but continued discomfort sent him back to the doctor's office, and one thing led to another, and now we're here. Jeff Zrebiec:

Luke scott is scheduled to have shoulder surgery tomorrow. Will be performed by dr. James andrews

Scott has opted for surgery to fix this problem once and for all, as it was proving too difficult to play through. The surgery will end Scott's season, and quite possibly his Orioles career. Not that he would leave a gaping hole in Baltimore's collective heart were he to end up elsewhere, but for so long he was a fine hitter, where so many Orioles were not.

The impact the injury had on Scott's performance is plainly evident, as his OPS dropped from .902 in 2010 to .703 in 2011. It didn't cripple him, but it made him considerably worse, so Scott's looking like a bounceback candidate for 2012.

Nolan Reimold and Felix Pie will continue to hold down left field now that Scott's season is toast.


Luke Scott Injury: Orioles OF To Disabled List

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Luke Scott, who has been bothered by a labrum problem in his shoulder for most of the season and has been trying to play through it, was placed on the 15-day disabled list today. Scott has a torn right labrum.

Scott also suffered a knee injury when he ran into the outfield wall in Baltimore during the Birds' recent series with the St. Louis Cardinals, according to the Sporting News.

Replacing Scott on the active roster for Baltimore will be 25-year-old righthanded pitcher Mitch Atkins, who signed with the Orioles last offseason after several years in the Chicago Cubs' system. Atkins has made 14 starts at three levels of the Orioles organization this year with a 1.12 WHIP and 3.18 ERA and just six home runs allowed in 82 innings. For the Cubs in 2009 and 2010, Atkins posted a 5.25 ERA in seven relief appearances covering 12 innings.

Atkins will make his first major league start Tuesday night against the Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Texas. The move gives the Orioles a 13-man pitching staff.

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