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June 30, 2010

Scott thinks DL stint likely

Go figure.

The Orioles get another big come-from-behind victory. They hit five homers, including clutch back-to-back ones by Ty Wigginton and Luke Scott in the seventh to turn a 6-4 deficit into a 7-6 lead on their way to a 9-6 win against the Oakland A’s.

And it all comes with a serious negative.

Scott injured his left hamstring on his way around first base and limped to the plate in Kirk Gibson style. And now the best guess is that he’ll limp onto the disabled list tomorrow.

Technically, the Orioles are cautiously calling it a strain and there will be no official determination until they re-evaluate it Thursday – a MRI is expected. The next morning is always the tell-all in these injuries, so we’ll have to wait

But Scott, who is always in tune with his body, thinks it is a pulled hamstring, which usually means a DL stint.

“Right now, it doesn’t look good,” Scott said. “I would say probably (a DL trip), that’s what I have been told so far. Any time you deal with a pulled hamstring it’s going to be at least two weeks.”

The crutches in his locker were an ominous sign. He said he can walk around OK, on it, but when he puts too much weight on the left leg, he feels the pain.

“It sucks. I am glad the ball went out. But this is frustrating.”

Scott, who is batting .274 with 12 homers and 30 RBIs in 66 games, said he thought he might have to leg out a triple when he hit the ball to the left-center gap.

“My thought process coming around first base was the outfielders are both converging and I wanted to make sure if the ball caroms off the wall I’d be standing at third base,” Scott said. “So I kind of turned it up as I was getting ready to come around (first). And when I came around first base it kind of cramped up, my hamstring cramped up and when my leg went forward it pulled.”

What really kills Scott is he said he felt like he was starting to swing the bat with authority again, starting Tuesday. He walked three times on Wednesday and had the homer.

“Yesterday and today were the first days I really felt good since that streak I had earlier in May,” Scott said. “And, like I said, this is frustrating. When I start feeling like this a lot of good things happen. But that’s life. You’ve got to dig down, get on my knees, say my prayers and God will give me the strength to get through it.”

Posted by Dan Connolly at 11:19 PM | | Comments (9)


the strength and conditioning coach needs to work on stretching me thinks.

I heard it said the texas rangers are really scouting both Wigginton and Guthrie, IF we can get Chris Davis lets do it now with Scott out then you have a 24 year old power hitting 1B who can be moved to DH if you obtain a Dunn, Pena, or Fielder this winter.. Please Mr. Macphail pull the trigger on one of these guys now.. Pie has really looked good on rehab but they were worried about giving his arm more time and he won't have to worry about throwing for a while at DH.. IT will be nice getting Pie back but this will be a blessing in disguise if we pull the trigger on a Davis deal.. If we got Davis for Wigginton then I would talk to the brewers and get an idea what they would want in a fielder deal and try to get some of those kind of players in any other deals we make for our veterans.. We still might have to give up some young pitching but it would lessen our cost..

If it is a trip to the DL then it would be best to DH Pie and leave Patterson in left.

another muscle issue. what a stunner. add Scott to the list of hamstrings and assorted muscle pulls and tears. the O's need to look at their strength and conditioning program.

I suffered this injury once - i think it had more to do with dehydration than stretching. I was pretty stretched out & in ok shape when it happened.

Scott was on base all night. Wonder if that had anything to do with it.
It is a frustrating injury & will take every bit of 2 weeks to heal, if he is lucky.

Its simple. He, and the rest of the Orioles, are not accustomed to running hard.
Samuel got on him a few weeks ago for not running hard at least twice. Now, he runs hard on a home run,and pulls a hamstring.
Maybe they are stretching in the AC as well.

anyone know why they're now doing MRIs for hamstring pulls? Scott himself and anyone watching the game could've made the diagnosis from the stands. The MRI won't change the management of the injury in any way.

Are we sure his gun didn't go off rounding 1st base?

I don't get it. He was being criticized for not running hard. This time, he hit the ball and instantly took off with the mindset of getting every base he can, and people are still criticizing him.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

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