Add Luke Scott to the list of O’s players who are hurt.
This one could be serious, though.
Scott injured his shoulder diving back to first base on a pick-off throw in the first inning of Sunday’s 5-3 loss to New York at Yankee Stadium at Camden Yards.
He was replaced in the game by Ty Wigginton.
Scott had his left arm in a sling after the game and will undergo an MRI tomorrow.
Luke is hitting .303 with 5 HR’s in split time between DH and left field.
If Scott has to be placed on the DL, that will present another unique situation for Andy MacPhail and Dave Trembley. Do they bring up hot-hitting Nolan Reimold and give him his first shot at major league pitching? It might make more sense for the club to promote Oscar Salazar, who is also hitting the ball well (.374) and is probably more useful in the DH role. The only way to make Reimold the choice would be to grant him some kind of regular playing time in left field, but the team is still married to the Felix Pie Project in left field. Never mind that the Alan Parsons Project had more hits than Pie has so far in ’09…Felix got on base three times on Sunday vs. the Yankees which might make him a candidate for A.L. Player of the Week honors.
Lou Montanez missed today’s game after his sore thumb swelled up following last night’s win over the Yankees. Montanez, remember, was going to see extended playing time in left field until he injured his thumb in Toronto 10 days ago and had to miss 5 games. He had the game-winning hit on Thursday night vs. Minnesota.
It seems as if the left field position is cursed for the Orioles. Pie isn’t hitting his weight yet (.183) and half the fly balls that come his way are coin-flips. Montanez hurt his thumb — and now Luke Scott has an injury that will require an MRI exam and, possibly, a trip to the DL.
Quite the Bermuda Triangle out there, where nothing seems to go right so far in ’09.