The Orioles will wait until tomorrow to make a decision on Luke Scott, who strained his left hamstring while rounding first base on his home run in the seventh inning.
“We’ll evaluate Luke tomorrow and see how he shows up here and we’ll go from there,” said interim manager Juan Samuel.
“I think he thought that ball was not going to be out. He was thinking if that ball hits the wall, he was trying to get a triple out of it. He was trying to get to third base, and once he hit first base, that’s when he felt it. We’ll know more tomorrow.”
If Scott goes on the disabled list, it’s fair to wonder whether the Orioles will activate Felix Pie sooner than planned. He’s on the 60-day disabled list, so they’d have to clear room on the 40-man roster. They would have to do the same thing if they purchased Jeff Salazar’s contract, and then they would be in the same predicament once Pie is deemed ready.
Do they want to face that decision once or twice? Is there another solution?
Scott could make it a moot point by showing up tomorrow without a limp.
Check out Steve Melewski’s blog for Scott’s postgame comments on the hamstring and his go-ahead homer.
The Orioles hit five home runs, tying their season high.
“It was nice to see these guys drive the ball, but at the same time, we’re not going to rely on it,” Samuel said. “Yes, we welcome it if it comes, but we’re not waiting. We are going to continue to play the style of baseball that I want to play, and that’s guys moving on the bases.”
I have no issue with these guys touching them all.
Ty Wigginton hit the first home run by an Orioles first baseman, and it took only 77 games. That’s the longest stretch in franchise history.
“Wiggy said the curse was gone,” Samuel said. “That was his first reaction. He thinks he’s safe now.”
Too bad it wasn’t safe for Scott to round the bases.
Oriole relievers combined for four scoreless innings. In six games, they’ve given up two earned runs and 14 hits in 23 1/3 innings for a 0.77 ERA. They’ve walked five and struck out 18.
Meanwhile, it’s being reported that the Rangers traded reliever Chris Ray to the Giants for catcher Bengie Molina.