One of the positions the Tampa Bay Rays needed to address this past offseason was the role of DH. The team looked at options, signing Shelley Duncan as a possible candidate but in the end, the Rays decided to return to the same player that filled the role for at least a portion of the year last season, Luke Scott. Scott had several stints on the DL last season, and now will start the year in a familiar place, the DL.
Scott has had issues with injuries in recent years and was dealing with a sore hamstring this spring. He could miss up to five weeks with a right calf sprain and the Rays are expected to announce his replacement in the lineup on Sunday. Given the penchant for manager Joe Maddon to use multiple lineups, (151 in 162 games in 2012), look for the Rays to rotate the DH position in Scott’s absence.
Tampa will likely stay in house to replace Scott. Brandon Guyer, Stephen Vogt, Chris Gimenez, Shelley Duncan and Leslie Anderson are currently all believed to be under consideration by the Rays to fill his roster spot. Rays fans not familiar with Anderson, he hit .309 and 14 home runs last season for the AAA Durham Bulls. In 22 games during spring training, Anderson hit .396 with 1 home run and 12 RBI’s.