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The downside of hustle: Luke Scott injured on home run trot

Jul 1, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

Luke Scott may be headed to the disabled list after injuring his hamstring last night during his home run trot. Scott took Cedrick Bowers deep to left-center field in the seventh inning, but ran hard out of the box before knowing it was gone and pulled up lame after rounding first base.
MLB.com has the video of Scott barely making it to the plate by hopping and limping his way to second base and actually pausing for a moment once he reached third base. Scott said afterward that “it doesn’t look good” and he’ll likely undergo an MRI exam today, guessing that he’s “probably” bound for the DL because “any time you deal with a pulled hamstring it’s going to be at least two weeks.”
Felix Pie is just about ready to return from his own DL stint, so he’d likely take Scott’s roster spot and playing time. Scott’s batting average was below .200 as late as May 9, but he’s hit .328 with eight homers and 12 doubles in 40 games since then to raise his overall AVG/OBP/SLG line to .274/.348/.520, which would be the 32-year-old’s best production since his rookie season.
Signed to a one-year, $4.05 million deal and arbitration eligible again next season, Scott figured to be a potential trade deadline target for contenders in need of a veteran left-handed bat, but any more than a couple weeks on the DL could make it tough for the Orioles to get value for him before July 31.

  1. APBA Guy - Jul 1, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    As I watched that game last night I wondered when else had someone come up lame on a home run trot. I don’t have the research skills to answer that, but it seemed bizarre and painful, though not as painful as the A’s crumbling bullpen. I’m not sure why the A’s carry 7 relievers when they only use the same 4 goes over and over. When the formerly beloved Miggy hit one 12 rows up in left it was like an exclamation point on how bad the A’s have become.

  2. Mark - Jul 1, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    I remember when Orlando Hudson was a Jay he injured himself on a home run trot. Happens more often than you think.
    Everytime I see it I just wonder why they don’t allow you to throw in a pinch runner. If the guy is clearly injured and needs to be taken out of the game they really shouldn’t be walking/hopping to home plate. Especially if it’s an ankle or some sort of leg injury.

  3. Mason - Jul 1, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Still faster than Bengie Molina…

  4. snowbum - Jul 1, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    I thought it was his Jim Thome impression.

  5. DG1965 - Jul 1, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    This did happen a few years ago to a Red Sox player. I believe Gabe Kapler was on base when someone hit a home run. He ran hard around second base and came up lame with a torn achilles. The guy who hit the home run ended up waiting because if he passed Kapler, he’s out. A pinch-runner came in for Kapler and completed the trot around the bases.

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