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Luke Scott won’t play any defense during spring training

Mar 15, 2012, 11:44 AM EDT

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Luke Scott is coming back from shoulder surgery and Rays manager Joe Maddon said today that he won’t play the field at all during spring training, sticking strictly to designated hitter duties.

That isn’t such a big deal, as Scott is slated to be the Rays’ regular DH, but it does indicate that he’s not fully recovered from the operation to repair a torn labrum in July.

Scott was non-tendered by the Orioles in December following a career-worst season that saw him play just 64 games while hitting .220 with a .703 OPS. He got a one-year, $6 million deal from the Rays that includes a $6 million option for 2013, and the 33-year-old Scott posted an OPS above .800 in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.

Maddon and the Rays have so far laughed off Scott’s various headline-grabbing quotes and behavior, but his outspokenness probably won’t be so amusing if it doesn’t come with 25 homers.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 15, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Enjoy being the DH: Designated Hillbilly.

    • The Baseball Idiot - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      Have you ever met a real hillbilly? I have, because I’m from the Ozarks. Luke Scott has nothing in common with hillbillies.

      If anything, he is more like the right-wing nuts in Montana and northern California.

      Luke Scott might be a lot of different things, but he sure isn’t a hillbilly.

      But there you go stereotyping people. Good thing he’s white. No telling what you would call him if wasn’t.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 15, 2012 at 2:07 PM

        Perhaps I used the wrong word, but let’s not make any other assumptions.

      • The Baseball Idiot - Mar 15, 2012 at 2:36 PM

        Why not? You did.

      • stex52 - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:30 PM

        I will find you some in east Texas, northern Louisiana, or West Virginia ( all of which I have experience of) that are just like Luke.

  2. El Bravo - Mar 15, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    D to the mothaf@cking Nozz

  3. randygnyc - Mar 15, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    I love Luke Scott.

  4. tone360 - Mar 15, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Blame Obama… Hillbilly.

  5. Jonny 5 - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    This is hardly news. He hasn’t been playing defense for the last 3 seasons, even when he was supposed to.

  6. aceshigh11 - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    What’s with the Logan berserker muttonchops?

    • cur68 - Mar 15, 2012 at 7:43 PM

      Because they’re Logan berserker muttonchops and we’d all have em if we could grow ’em.

      • aceshigh11 - Mar 16, 2012 at 9:05 AM

        Well, you, you…

        …you’re right. 😦

  7. Old Gator - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    In addition to being a drooling idiot, Luke Scott has no need to play defense. He is a purely offensive player, not to mention simulacrum of a human being.

  8. stex52 - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    He can’t play defense when he has no defense.

  9. 24missed - Mar 15, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Luke Scott can play?

  10. stex52 - Mar 15, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Yes, sadly, or we wouldn’t have to talk about him at all.

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