Orioles' Scott to see doctor, have MRI on sore shoulder

Left fielder has been bothered by injury for past two weeks

May 05, 2011|By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Concerned about his sore right shoulder, Orioles left fielder Luke Scott will see team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens on Friday and have an MRI on Monday.

Manager Buck Showalter said the injury is not believed to be serious, and Scott was in the lineup again Thursday in the series finale against the Kansas City Royals, but the Orioles want to give the outfielder "peace of mind" by getting it examined further.

"It started showing up on the [medical report] about two weeks ago, I think," Showalter said. "They didn't think it was something to be overly concerned with. They've been treating it, and he's been fine to play. I think they are going to do something when we get back just to make sure there is nothing else there. You never want to assume anything, so they'll check it out. Luke's a tough guy. He never lets you know every ounce of discomfort that he's feeling, so I think that's where some of the concern might be."

Scott has been dealing with several nagging ailments, but he said Wednesday that his right shoulder, which he described as having several "sore spots," is the one thing that concerns him.

Scott says it affects him more throwing than hitting. That has been evident as he has batted .333 (13-for-39) with four homers and nine RBIs in his past 10 games. He did go 0-for-4 Thursday with a strikeout.

Revisiting Jones' heady play

Center fielder Adam Jones' decision to throw up his hands rather than reach under the fence and grab Mike Aviles' shot to left-center field Wednesday night was still the prevailing topic in the clubhouse before Thursday's game.

The ball, which rolled to a stop under the fence, was ruled a ground-rule double by second base umpire and crew chief Tim Welke. Instead of Aviles being on third with one out and the Royals trailing by just one run, he was sent back to second base. The following batter, Melky Cabrera, grounded out to second to score Alcides Escobar and move Aviles to third, but he was stranded there and the Orioles prevailed by a run.

"We relied on that heavily [Wednesday] night," first base and outfield coach Wayne Kirby said. "Jonesy has been here more than once, and he said that there is a little crease under the fence there and if a ball gets stuck, you don't want to go in there and get it. All outfielders are taught that once the ball is out of play, you throw your hands up and once the ball gets stuck, you throw your hands up. He probably learned that years ago, and just checking out the ballpark, if you are out there taking batting practice, you see balls getting out there and getting stuck."

Jones said he familiarizes himself with the ground rules before a road series. However, he said he has played at Kauffman Stadium enough to know Wednesday's ball was out of play as soon as it rolled under the fence. There, however, were a few anxious moments as Welke jogged out to center field to make the call while Aviles rounded the bases as the potential tying run.

"When something like that happens, if you are in the outfield, you know the ground rules. It's just part of your job description," Showalter said. "It's been part of the game forever. It's something you talk to your outfielders about and make sure they understand the ground rules because some of them change. There are a lot of things that you have to make your guys aware of, but it does take some confidence in the rules in order to use them to your advantage now and then."

Machado injures knee

Top prospect Manny Machado left Thursday's Single-A Delmarva game at the Asheville Tourists in the first inning with an apparent knee injury.

Machado, who had walked and was on second base in the top of the first inning, hurt the knee running between second and third while attempting to tag up on a lineout to center field by Mike Flacco. Machado had to be helped off the field; it initially did not look good.

When the Shorebirds came out to play defense in the bottom of the first, Machado had been replaced at shortstop by Jonathan Schoop, who originally had been listed as the third baseman. Adam Gaylord entered the game at third base and at Machado's third spot in the lineup.

Orioles director of player development John Stockstill said Thursday evening that Machado will see a team doctor Friday but the organization is hopeful the injury is not serious.

Stockstill was told Machado did not appear to be in too much pain after he was removed from the game.

Machado, 18, who was selected third overall by the Orioles in the 2010 draft, was the organization's Player of the Month for April and was hitting .333 for the Shorebirds heading into Thursday.

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