by Ryan Adams
"The Wolverine" returns to the Rays in Kansas City. Of course I'm speaking of DH/OF, Luke Scott who has quickly become a fan favorite in the Bay Area. Scott, who has been riddled with injuries the last few seasons both with Baltimore and the Rays, will join the team in Kansas City as they begin a three-game series with the Royals Tuesday night. Scott brings more than a power stroke the Rays have desperately needed this season - he brings a clubhouse presence that is addictive to both players, coaches, and fans alike. Who can forget the post-game shenanigans last season when Scott and former Ray Carlos Pena put on gladiator masks and did an interview with Todd Kalas? Or when catcher Jose Lobaton hit his first career home run and was greeted in the dugout with ice cream by Scott? That's now become tradition.
There's little argument that Luke Scott will only help this Rays team that is back on the right track, flirting with getting back to .500 for the first time since the first week of the season. Last season, Scott played in just 91 games for the Rays in his first year with the club, and hit 14 home runs to go along with 55 RBIs but hit just .229, something that may have been affected by his injuries all season.
The Rays are hoping that Scott will come back healthy and ready to contribute like they had hoped he would when they signed him before the 2012 season as a free agent from Baltimore. The thoughts are that Shelley Duncan would be the odd-man out to make room on the roster for Scott, but nothing has been made official on that just yet.
The Rays begin the three-game series in Kansas City Tuesday night at 8:10 PM eastern time as former Rays' ace James Shields (1-2, 3.09 ERA) makes the start for the Royals against Alex Cobb (3-1, 1.82 ERA) for the Rays.