"Hopefully, it'll just be a couple more days. That's my goal. The goal was to be ready today, and just after these first two games, I'm just not ready to play yet. But I'm working to get there," said Scott, who played in two rehabilitation games for Double-A Bowie, going 2-for-6 with a homer and two strikeouts. "I like to look at things in a positive light, shoot for the stars and hopefully I'll be ready by the end of this homestand."
Scott is on the disabled list for the second time this season because of the labrum tear in his shoulder. He has played 63 games this season and has been out of the lineup since July 3. Before reporting to Bowie, Scott did nothing for about two weeks, hoping the rest would ease his discomfort. However, his shoulder hasn't responded as he had hoped.
"I'm still dealing with this tear on pitches that are kind of away and pitches that I get out in front of, like breaking pitches," said Scott, who is batting .223 with nine homers and 22 RBIs for the Orioles a season after he was voted the team's Most Valuable Player. "There's no shrill or sharp pain or anything. It's just discomfort. It's been like this since May, where I haven't been myself. I haven't had the snap on my swing and [the] bat speed. It's been a challenge to deal with."
Scott has maintained that season-ending shoulder surgery is his last resort, and he reiterated that Tuesday. However, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Scott might need to decide soon because if he waits too long to have the surgery, it could affect his availability for next season.
"That's Luke's decision. It's his body, his career," Showalter said. "There are options there that he [could] continue down this road, see if it gets to something that he can manage, and be productive. You can do the rehab, kind of what [Jason] Berken and [Jim Johnson] did at one time in [their careers]. But that is a three-month rehab. You don't do anything but strengthen the capsule and the things around it. That is an option, or you just go ahead and have the surgery.
"Talking to [head athletic trainer Richie Bancells], if he waits a whole lot longer, he puts starting next year healthy in jeopardy. Luke has a lot of things to think about. He's aware of all those options. I'm going to kind of leave him alone, let him think it through and see where he wants to go … If that's an option in Luke's mind, something that he wants to do, he's going to have to do it pretty quickly so he's healthy and ready to start the season next year."
More injury news
Second baseman Brian Roberts experienced migraine headaches Monday, but Showalter said they weren't believed to be related to the concussion he had in May. Showalter also said Roberts felt much better Tuesday and could do some physical activities.
Nashville-based orthopedic surgeon Dr. Thomas Byrd, who performed surgery on the left hip of Justin Duchscherer in June 2010, has recommended that the pitcher have another surgery on his hip. Duchscherer, who signed with the Orioles in February but has not pitched all season because of hip and back issues, will consult with team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens before deciding. Duchscherer, who has had three hip surgeries, is not expected to pitch again this season.
Utility infielder Cesar Izturis (elbow surgery) will resume playing in games Friday for the Gulf Coast League Orioles. He'll move to Double-A Bowie on Saturday and serve as the Baysox's designated hitter, then play shortstop for Bowie on Sunday. If all goes well, he could be activated from the disabled list for Tuesday's series opener in Toronto.
Orioles acquire Phillips
The Orioles acquired left-handed reliever Zach Phillips from the Texas Rangers for Triple-A infielder Nick Green and cash. Phillips, who is 1-3 with a 4.43 ERA in 33 games for Triple-A Round Rock, was added to the 40-man roster and will report to Triple-A Norfolk.
Showalter said pitching coach Rick Adair and former pitching coach Mark Connor, who have ties to the Texas organization and have worked with Phillips, gave positive reports about the 24-year-old pitcher.
"He's got a lot of weapons," Showalter said. "He has a chance to pitch out of the bullpen in the big leagues. I know Rick, those guys, they have had a lot of very close contacts with him. They think he needed a change of scenery. I like Phillips. He's got a good arm. I like him. I know two or three years ago before they got such a stockpile of arms, he was way up in that Baseball America prospect book — whatever that means."
In 213 games over seven career minor league seasons, Phillips is 31-39 with a 4.10 ERA. This season, the lefty has allowed 50 hits and 21 walks while striking out 38 in 442/3 innings. Phillips went 3-2 with a 2.69 ERA in 45 appearances last season and 2-3 with a 1.39 ERA in 36 appearances in 2009.
Green, the 32-year-old utility infielder who signed with the Orioles as a minor league free agent before the season, batted .208 with 16 doubles 10 homers and 46 RBIs in 87 games for Norfolk.
Around the horn
Closer Kevin Gregg, who served the second game of his three-game suspension Tuesday, threw a simulated innings before the game, pitching to Josh Bell and Matt Angle. … Bell, who got a hit and scored a run in his 2011 big league debut Monday, was optioned back to Norfolk, and starter Alfredo Simon was reinstated from the restricted list. To make room for Simon's return to the 40-man roster, Roberts was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. … With Phillips' addition to the 40-man roster, right-handed starter Chorye Spoone (Northeast, CCBC-Catonsville) was designated for assignment. Spoone, 25, had a 4.73 ERA in 19 starts between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk. … Showalter said Brad Bergesen, who got a no-decision in Monday's series opener, will start Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels, with Simon taking the ball Friday. … Angle made his second start in left field Tuesday. … The Orioles have agreed to terms with 40th-round draft pick Bennett Parry, a left-handed pitcher out of Poway, Calif. … The Orioles' fourth-round draft pick, right-hander Kyle Simon out of Arizona, has joined short-season Single-A Aberdeen. Catcher Kyle Moore was transferred from Low-A Delmarva to Aberdeen.
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