Luke Scott is out, and Shelley Duncan is in.
The Tampa Bay Rays added Duncan to the Opening Day roster Sunday, a day after placing Scott, a designated hitter, on the 15-day disabled list. Scott sustained a right calf strain last week, which he said was caused by drinking too much alkaline water.
A big part of the equation for us was how long we thought Luke was going to be out, Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman said Sunday. I dont know that we have a great handle on it, just the fact that its a muscle injury. It could be anywhere from two weeks to five weeks, and well continue to monitor it. We feel like Shelley has a chance to hit the ball out of the ballpark and add value with his power.
Duncan, 33, was signed to a minor-league deal in January. He has a .229 career batting average with 138 RBI in 830 at-bats over six major-league seasons. Prior to joining Tampa Bay, he spent three years with the Cleveland Indians. He hit .224 with 10 RBIs in 49 at-bats this spri...