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Luke Scott Hits DL With Back Injury

Luke Scott doesn't expect to be out very long with back spasms, but he will have to wait until his stint on the disabled list is up.

St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Luke Scott (30) reacts in the dugout against the Chicago White Sox at Tropicana Field. Chicago White Sox defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Luke Scott (30) reacts in the dugout against the Chicago White Sox at Tropicana Field. Chicago White Sox defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

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:

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.