ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. A start to Luke Scotts season must wait.
The Tampa Bay Rays announced Saturday afternoon that the designated hitter will be placed on the 15-day disabled list. The eight-year veteran, who was re-signed by the Rays to a one-year, 2.75 million deal in February, will miss time because of a right calf strain sustained after drinking too much alkaline water, he said.
The trip to the DL is retroactive to March 24, meaning he can be activated as early as the game at the Texas Rangers on April 8.
Scott spoke Saturday afternoon at Tropicana Field during the Rays spring training finale against the Detroit Tigers with a small bandage on the affected calf after receiving a cortisone shot.
He said he drinks about a gallon of alkaline water a day, which proponents say has a higher absorption rate than tap water and contributed to the strain by flushing out electrolytes in his body.
I just got an injection, said Scott, who hit .324 in 34 at-bats this spring. The good ...