Scott expects to return on Thursday

Scott expects to return on Thursday

BALTIMORE -- Luke Scott said his left shoulder felt better on Wednesday afternoon and was optimistic he would be back in the lineup for Thursday's series finale.

"I took some dry swings. I didn't take anything off the tee," Scott said. "But I talked to [head athletic trainer Richie Bancells] and he said we're going to give it another complete day off."

Scott strained his left shoulder while diving for a ball at first base in the 10th inning of Sunday's walk-off loss to the Nationals. The play also cost Orioles closer Alfredo Simon, who was placed on the disabled list (left hamstring strain) prior to Tuesday's game. Scott's injury isn't as serious; he said plans for an MRI were changed because his shoulder felt markedly better from Tuesday to Wednesday.

"I went home [Wednesday] night. I flushed my body. I drank a lot of alkaline water, took in a lot of green foods and put the stint machine on my shoulder," Scott said. "I iced it a few times, went through my treatments. It feels a lot better."

Scott said the strain reaggravated his left shoulder, which he also injured last season. The plan is for him is to continue to get treatment, and manager Dave Trembley said he would try to stay away from using Scott in Wednesday's game.

"If it comes down to a situation to pinch-hit him in the game, that's a 50-50 thing for me," Trembley said. "It's kind of iffy whether I would do it."

Trembley also echoed Scott's opinion that the designated hitter could be back in the lineup on Friday, which would be welcome relief for the Orioles. Losing Scott for any length of time would certainly be a blow to an already injury-plagued team. Scott has hit in 12 of his past 14 games, going 22-for-52 (.423) with three doubles, six homers and 12 RBIs over that stretch.

In place of Scott the Orioles had Garrett Atkins serving as the designated hitter. Atkins started Tuesday for the first time since Baltimore's loss to Texas on May 19. Atkins is hitting .222 on the year and was marred in a career-high homerless drought of 47 games until Wednesday.