BALTIMORE -- The Orioles got a lease on their designated-hitter slot Tuesday, when they learned that Luke Scott won't be lost for an extended period of time. Scott underwent an MRI exam on his left shoulder Monday, which revealed that there are no tears and no long-term damage done to the joint.
"My shoulder tried to come out of [its] socket," Scott said. "Maybe there's a little bit of fluid built up, but basically I have a rotator cuff sprain. My external rotation is fine. I can lift my shoulder. But it's just a little on the internal rotation, my muscle back here. I'd say a few days treatment, I guess, and I'll be back and ready to go."
The plan is for Scott to miss a couple days and return to the lineup in Kansas City against the Royals. Scott, who is currently batting .303 with five home runs and 15 RBIs, will cede DH duties to Lou Montanez and Ty Wigginton until he returns. And with this injury, a few days is the best-case scenario.
"After icing the first time, I couldn't lift my shoulder," said Scott, who injured himself Sunday. "It was kind of locked up, stiff. After the second time I iced it, I could start moving it and get some of my range back.
"Then I went to bed, took my anti-inflammatories and really pounded the enzymes, and when I woke up, I almost had full range of motion. I got the MRI and got the good results, so I'm thankful."
The Orioles briefly thought that Scott might be out for a couple weeks, which likely would've meant a wholesale changing of roles. Baltimore may have dipped down to Triple-A Norfolk to promote outfielder Nolan Reimold, which would've changed the rotation at left field, DH and perhaps a couple infield positions.
With Montanez and Wigginton both able to cover left field, the Orioles don't have to scramble.
"The worst-case scenario was him going on the DL," said Baltimore manager Dave Trembley. "I'm glad we don't have to consider that any longer. In all likelihood, if everything goes well, he'll be ready to play in Kansas City. That's good news for him, good news for us. Let's hope that's the way it goes."
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.