Jul 6, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Luke Scott (30) celebrates his two-run home run in the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
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#Rays option Rodriguez to Durham to make room for Scott, who will be activated today.
The 34-year-old Scott is returning from his second stint on the 15-day disabled list this season. Sidelined with back spasms in mid-June, Scott returned for a month only to strain an oblique on July 20.
The designated hitter, who is batting .225/.279/.438 with twelve home runs on the season, may not see immediate playing time upon his return. Regular third baseman Evan Longoria, also recently returned from the DL, has started the last twelve games at DH and will likely continue to do so until his partially torn hamstring is fully healed.
Rodriguez, 27, filled in at third, short and second base for the Rays this season, but hit just .215/.278/.330 in one hundred six games. Rodriguez will likely be called up September 1 when rosters expand.