Manager Buck Showalter is in a wait-and-see mode regarding outfielder Luke Scott, who will take the next three to five days to determine whether the pain in his right shoulder, and the restrictions caused by it, will force him to shut down for the rest of the season.
“I talked with him some today,” Showalter said. “It’s kind of is what it is. We’ll see what we’ve got and see if he can play the rest of the year with what he has. That’s what we talked about today. We’ll see if it’s something he can manage. If not, then we’ll see where we are. He managed at Bowie pretty well last night. Describing the hits, it’s obviously a different kind of competition.
“I’m hoping it’s fine, it’s manageable, it’s better than it was before and he’s productive and he finishes the year with us. He’s got really three possibilities. He plays with us the rest of the year - he’s an active player for us and contributing - or he has to make a decision whether to do the rehab part or wants to have it surgically repaired. I think one of those last two will happen after the season is over, regardless of what happens. The only time the time frame will be pushed up is if he’s not able to be a productive player for us in his mind. This is his body and his career and he’s a player that we’re glad to have. We want what’s best for the Orioles and we hope that involves Luke.”
The Orioles optioned outfielder Matt Angle to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for Scott. Angle was 0-for-7 with a walk in two starts.
“He’s a guy you’re going to be able to trust, as far as being a baseball player,” Showalter said. “Get a sign, throw to the right base, throw the right level, defend at three positions. I think he’s a pretty intelligent baseball player. I got to see a lot of him in the spring. He made a lot of road trips, some split doubleheaders, and he had a great attitude through it all. I think you can trust for him to bring what he brings every night. That’s a good thing to know. I think you’ll see him again.”
The Orioles are hoping to see left-hander Brian Matusz in their rotation again, but he followed up his seven scoreless innings against Gwinnett with an abbreviated start yesterday against Toledo. Matusz was charged with seven earned runs (eight total) and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings.
“I think he had a 1-2-3 first inning and they had some defensive challenges and the guy that came in behind him (Nick Bierbrodt) gave up some of the runs, too,” Showalter said. “Statistically, it doesn’t read real well, but it kind of is what it is. It was hot for the offense like it was for the pitcher who was pitching and it didn’t seem to bother (Andrew) Miller or Jake (Arrieta) here the other day.
“I’m saying you can make a reason why, but it wasn’t what Brian is capable of. It looked like the arrow was pointing up a little each outing and that one was a little bit of a setback for him. Nothing he can’t get back on his feet with real quickly. Griff (pitching coach Mike Griffin) was a little bit more positive than the line score would have indicated.”
Matusz is scheduled to face Toledo again on Tuesday.