DH Luke Scott is headed to the disabled list for at least two-three weeks, and possibly five, with a right calf strain, leaving the Rays looking at 1B/DH Shelley Duncan and OF Brandon Guyer as potential replacements. A decision will be made by today's 3 p.m. deadline, keyed primarily to how long they feel Scott will be out and how much the player added will play. While Duncan, who is on a minor-league contract, would seem a better fit, the Rays have to weigh if it's worth taking someone off its 40-man roster to make room, and to risk losing him when Scott returns since Duncan is out of options and would have to be exposed to waivers before he could be sent back to Triple-A Durham. Guyer would be the easier add since he is on the 40-man roster and would provide some needed depth since OF Sam Fuld, who was considered the backup at all three spots, is likely to get more playing time in Scott's absence. One scenario manager Joe Maddon mentioned is against right-handed pitchers using Fuld and Matt Joyce in the corner outfield spots, Ben Zobrist at second and Kelly Johnson as the DH. The Rays seem likely to want a right-handed hitter to replace Scott since they were a bit lefty-heavy. C/INF/OF Chris Gimenez would be another option, along with lefty swingers C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt and non-roster OF/1B/DH Leslie Anderson. They also have to make room today to add RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo to the 40-man roster today, then will place him on the 60-day disabled list and add RHP Jamey Wright as well. WATER LOGGED? Scott, 34, said opening this season on the DL was "very disappointing, to say the least" after two stints last year, and he hoped the cortisone shot he received from Dr. Koco Eaton will speed the healing of what he said was a "quite small" strain and allow him to return sooner than expected, closer to his April 8 eligible date. Scott missed a week earlier in camp with left hamstring tightness and also had some issues in the right hamstring. After reviewing his diet, supplements, sleep and training program, he concluded that the muscle issues are the result of drinking too much water. Scott carries a jug of special "alkaline" water and drinks about a gallon a day, which he said is similar to 1½ to 1¾ gallons of normal water, leading to the conclusion "I drank too much water and I flushed out all the electrolytes in my body, and my body was cramping up."
Rays' Scott could be out up to 5 weeks
Tampa Bay Times | Mar 31