Scott has big night at Bowie; Gregg thinks Johnson could start
After taking a couple of days off to rest his sore right shoulder, Orioles outfielder Luke Scott continued his rehab assignment tonight for Double-A Bowie, and the Baysox were happy that he did.
Batting third and serving as the Baysox designated hitter tonight against the Trenton Thunder, Scott is 3-for-4 with a double, two homers, six RBIs and three runs scored.
In his first at-bat, Scott hit an RBI groundout to score Xavier Avery. In his second at-bat, Scott drove a Craig Heyer pitch over the wall for a two-run homer. In his third at-bat, Scott doubled to plate Avery and Greg Miclat, and then in his fourth, he drilled his second homer, this one against reliever Josh Romanski.
Scott drove in all but two of the Baysox's runs in a 8-6 victory.
We'll see tomorrow if Scott feels comfortable enough to be activated and play tomorrow night against the Los Angeles Angels.
In other news, I wrote a profile on Orioles reliever Jim Johnson that will be in tomorrow's paper. You can read it online right here.
The story was more about Johnson off the field and his status as one of the Orioles' lower-profile players despite the fact that only Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis have been in the organization longer. I think plenty of ink has been spilled on Johnson's possible transition to a starter, but here are a couple of more quotes about it from Johnson, and then closer Kevin Gregg, who is also a former starter and has talked quite a bit with his teammate about the transition.
First from Johnson who has never campaigned publicly to start but most people think that's what he wants: "Honestly, I have no idea on where it’s going to go from here," Johnson said. "Like I said, I feel like I can do whatever they ask me to do. The preparation is going to be different, but that’s something that has to be figured out down the road. But I know what I’m doing now. I have nothing much more for you on that."
Now, here are the thoughts of Gregg: "I think the last couple of years, I don’t think it would have been a good idea. But I think now, we’ve talked a bunch about his mindset, where he’s at mentally. I have no dobut that he could do it now. He’s learned more about himself this last year and how to pitch out of situations. He’s continually in the tough innings. When you are a starter and you’re cruising, cruising, cruising, you eventually hit that tough inning. Now, he knows how to get out of that inning. That’s what he does, that’s his job now. I have no doubt that he could start at this level. He’s got the pitches, that big heavy sinker. He’s learned that curveball, when to throw it, how to use it. He’s definitely got that good changeup that is progressing and the more he throws it, the better it’s going to get. I think he could definitely handle it."