O's play waiting game with Scott

O's play waiting game with Scott

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles will find themselves in a familiar position Monday, one day before they begin their series against The Rays. Baltimore will be waiting on test results and trying to decide whether Luke Scott, who injured himself on Sunday, will be able to return without needing to be placed on the 15-day disabled list.

"Scott's getting an MRI tomorrow, and we won't know until Tuesday," said manager Dave Trembley of Scott's left shoulder injury. "When he dove back into second base, [he hurt] something in his shoulder. It's a sprain or a strain. I'm not sure yet. He has to get an MRI, so we don't know if it's a day-to-day thing or he's going to be out for a while. I don't know that information, but that's why he came out of the game."

Scott met the media with a sling around his left shoulder. The O's regular designated hitter said that he had no idea how long he might be out and that he counts on his religious faith to get him through his injury.

"Tomorrow, I get up and get an MRI and see what happens," Scott said. "It's difficult, but at the same time, I believe in prayer. I believe in the Lord that he answers prayer and he works miracles. I've already been on the phone with my family and my pastor and got on the prayer hotline. I believe that God's going to take care of it."

The Orioles will play host to the Rays on Tuesday, and they'll do so with or without Scott. Baltimore is 3-2 against Tampa Bay and 6-12 against American League East opponents this season, so it could use every bat at its disposal. If Scott isn't able to go, the Orioles might elect to promote Nolan Reimold from Triple-A Norfolk.

Otherwise, Lou Montanez would likely stand to absorb some of Scott's at-bats. There isn't a lot known about the injury, but Scott said he could tell that something was wrong as soon as he slid back to first base in the first inning. Scott was injured on a pickoff play, and Ty Wigginton subbed in for the rest of the game.

"It was a deep throbbing right here in the back of my shoulder," he said. "As soon as I hit the ground, I knew it right away. ... But I've iced it twice. The first time after I iced it, it felt really terrible. The second time, it felt better. Right now, I can lift my shoulder and that's a plus for me right now. When it first happened, I couldn't do it."

Pitching matchup
BAL: LHP Mark Hendrickson (1-4, 5.13 ERA)
Hendrickson lasted just three innings in his last start due to persistent rain delays, and he's had a tough time as a starter in his first spin through the league. Hendrickson has completed five innings in just three of his six starts, and he's never completed the sixth. The southpaw has allowed at least three earned runs three times and has given up seven home runs.

TB: RHP Andy Sonnanstine (1-3, 5.79 ERA)
After a slow start, Sonnanstine has put together good starts in his past two outings, defeating the Red Sox before getting a no-decision against the Yankees. When he's doing well, the right-hander is a master of deception, employing an array of pitches that he can throw from all different angles -- including a new straight change he developed this spring.

Bird bites
The Orioles are 2-9 in series finales this season. ... Baltimore is 9-9 when it scores first and 4-10 when its opponent draws first blood. The club is also 13-8 when it scores four runs or more and 0-11 when they score fewer than four runs. ... Felix Pie has hit safely in just six of his 21 games with an at-bat, but four of those were multi-hit games. ... Koji Uehara has made five consecutive quality starts and has walked one batter or fewer in six of his seven starts. ... Baltimore has allowed 13 home runs in six games against the Yankees this season.

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Up next
• Wednesday: Orioles (Brad Bergesen, 1-0, 4.98) vs. Rays (Jeff Niemann, 2-3, 5.65), 7:05 p.m. ET
• Thursday: Orioles (Jeremy Guthrie, 2-3, 4.97) at Royals (Gil Meche, 2-3, 4.43), 8:10 p.m. ET
• Friday: Orioles (Adam Eaton, 2-3, 7.18) at Royals (Zack Greinke, 6-1, 0.51), 8:10 p.m. ET

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.