ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. For months, the Tampa Bay Rays have been waiting for all the pieces of their battered lineup to fall back into place.
Now, on the heels of their hugely successful road trip, that could finally happen this week in the friendly confines of Tropicana Field.
The club plans to bring back designated hitter Luke Scott on Tuesday from the disabled list, where he's spent the last month rehabbing a strained oblique.
Manager Joe Maddon confirmed the news prior to Monday night's home game against the Kansas City Royals. And he also revealed another significant move expected to unfold later this week: Evan Longoria transitioning from DH back to his familiar home at third base.
For a team that's won 11 of its past 13 games, the dose of good health news was a welcome change from the wave of injury updates that beset the Rays earlier this season at one point including 14 players on the disabled list.
The only unknown in the mix is who'll be sent down to Triple-A Durham i...