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MLB Injury News:
MLB.com's Sam Strong and Bryan Hoch report that Tampa Bays Rays designated hitter Luke Scott was able to swing a bat on Friday for the first time since landing on the disabled list with back spams. The left-handed hitter had no problems and says that he could return on August 30, his first day of eligibility.
Scott went on the disabled list on August 15 with a strain in his lower back. Strong and Hoch quoted Scott as saying that he is showing strong improvement in his rehab and that the spasms have decreased. Said Scott,
"The back is doing much better. The spasms have calmed down. I've been resting. I've done some things in the pool to get blood circulating."
In Scott's stead, the Rays have used Wil Myers and Kelly Johnson at DH, and they have also signed veteran Delmon Young this past week. Scott is hitting .249/.336/.430 with 9 HR and 39 RBI in 78 games.
When asked about the possibility of losing at bats to Young, Scott replied that he is more about the team than himself.
"I know what I'm capable of, and so [does the front office]. They're big on matchups. This is about winning. It's not about an individual. We're in a special place to do a special thing. We have to earn a playoff spot and do whatever we can to make it happen."
The Rays enter play on August 24 tied for first on the A.L. East with Boston, both with a 4.5 game lead over Baltimore. They both also lead the A.L. Wild Card by 2.5 games over Oakland. The playoff spot of which Scott spoke looks promising, but exactly which spot they get is still up for grabs.
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