Orioles outfielder Luke Scott didn't waste any time proving he was healthy after being activated from the disabled list last week.
In a monster week, Scott exploded out of the chute, sizzling his way to a .481 batting average and Bank of America American League Player of the Week honors. He joins Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez as this week's award winners for their respective leagues.
The 32-year-old Scott slammed an AL-leading four home runs last week to go with six doubles and nine RBIs. He also recorded multiple hits in five of the Orioles' seven games.
"Right now I'm in one of those zones where I'm just real comfortable at the dish," Scott said. "When I get a pitch to hit, I'm not missing it too often. "
Even his teammates recognized his power following a weekend series against the Twins, in which he carried the Orioles' offense.
"When [Scott's] going good, he's as dangerous as anybody out there," second baseman Brian Roberts said.
In addition, Scott has a 10-game hitting streak dating back to before his stint on the DL. His feats in the past week are definitely impressive, but he was matched by Ramirez, at least when it came to long balls, as Ramirez also launched four over the week.
Ramirez's most impressive showing came on the day his manager, Lou Piniella, announced that he would retire following the season. On the heels of that news, Ramirez powered his team to a six-run comeback with three homers against the Astros.
"I'm not a home run hitter," said Ramirez after that game. "I want to get my average up. I'm still in the .220s. I'm at least a .250 hitter."
Overall, Ramirez hit .360 in six games last week. But it hasn't just been a hot seven days. Ramirez is enjoying a stellar July at the dish, hitting .351 with nine homers and 24 RBIs.
Ramirez and Scott's feats are made even more impressive by the fact that they've both rebounded after being slowed by injuries this season. Ramirez was bothered by a nagging thumb injury through most of the early part of the season and spent time on the DL. Scott rejoined the O's last week after being sidelined with a left hamstring strain since July 1.
Bailey Stephens is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.