Scott has tear in labrum; Hardy likely to be activated tomorrow (updated with Scott quotes)
A MRI taken today on left fielder Luke Scott's right shoulder revealed a torn labrum, according to Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail.
"It’s something that we have to manage so it’s not anything that necessarily is a [disabled list]-type thing," MacPhail said. "I think as a practical matter you may see [Felix] Pie out there [in left field] an inning or two earlier. But from what I’ve been told or what I can gather, it will just be something we have to manage."
Scott has been playing through the injury and will continue to do so. It mostly affects him when he throws, not hits. However, Scott may have to have surgery on the shoulder in the offseason.
"I knew it was definitely a possibility," Scott said. "I was very disappointed to find out, but as I’ve said, I’ve had miracle healings before and I’m just trying for another one. I’m going to play through the pain, pray and believe in my miracle healing. That’s it."
Scott had issues with his left Achilles tendon earlier in his career, but the pain eventually went away without his having surgery. That's the miracle healing that he's referring to.
"Luke doesn’t complain," MacPhail said. "When he wanted an MRI on his shoulder, you kind of figured that the chances were that there would be something there. [It's] something he probably will have to take care of in the offseason."
Scott said offseason surgery is "possible," but that's not something that he wants to discuss until later this season. Tomorrow, Scott will have a sitdown with team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens and head athletic trainer Richie Bancells to discuss how to rehab the tear and manage it while remaining in the Orioles' lineup.
MacPhail also said a final decision hasn't been made but there is a good chance that shortstop J.J. Hardy will be activated from the disabled list before tomorrow night's series opener against the Seattle Mariners. Hardy, who hasn't played since straining his left oblique April 9, will make what is likely his final rehab appearance tonight for Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles are expected to drop a pitcher in exchange for him getting back on the 25-man roster.