Rays DH Luke Scott has been dealing with back stiffness for a time. At first it seemed like a day-to-day concern, and it gave the Rays a chance to see more of Hideki Matsui, which is something they wanted to do. But Scott's slow recovery became something of a problem, and now he's getting a mandatory rest to heal up.
From the Twitter:
Luke Scott placed on DL after the game due to back stiffness retro to 6/9.Corresponding roster move will follow prior to Friday's game.— TK (@TampaBayTK) June 14, 2012
Scott expects to be back after the minimum amount of time, so that tells you something about the severity. He hasn't started a game since June 5, although he pinch-hit on June 8, which is why this DL stint is retroactive to June 9 instead of June 6. Matter of days. Basically inconsequential.
Matsui will fill Scott's role until he's healthy. Scott started the season strong, posting a .913 OPS in April, but since then he's posted a .587 OPS in 32 games, so he'll be missed only a little bit. And again, he won't be missed for long.