Scott, Farnsworth close to rejoining Rays

Scott, Farnsworth close to rejoining Rays

Scott, Farnsworth close to rejoining Rays
KANSAS CITY -- The Rays have sustained more than their fair share of injuries this year, but a squad of reinforcements appears to be on the way back.

Luke Scott headlines the list of those close to returning, as the injured designated hitter wrapped up a two-game rehab assignment Tuesday night with Triple-A Durham before returning to work out in St. Petersburg on Wednesday.

Manager Joe Maddon said Scott would likely be back with the team for Thursday's series opener against Detroit at Tropicana Field.

"He's doing well," Maddon said. "There's a pretty good chance you'll get to see him [Thursday]."

In two games with Durham, Scott went 3-for-8 with two home runs, four RBIs and three runs scored.

Injured reliever Kyle Farnsworth also appeared in Durham's game on Tuesday, tossing one scoreless inning and striking out two as part of his rehab assignment. He's scheduled to pitch again on Wednesday.

"I haven't heard anything negative," Maddon said of Farnsworth. "I heard everything was good last night. [His] fastball was up to 96 and hard, good sliders. From his own mouth, Kyle felt very good about the slider and cutter. No issues at all, arm felt great. He spoke well of himself."

In addition, Jeremy Hellickson said on Monday that he'll likely pitch Saturday against the Tigers, while reliever Joel Peralta is slated to return from his eight-game suspension on Saturday.

"Just getting the normal group back together, getting the band back together. Playing on a more consistent basis the names that you thought you would, that matters," Maddon said. "You see the teams that are doing really well right now, the Yankees, that group's been pretty solidly together all year. ... The teams that have been able to stay together, the team's that have stayed on the field, it's a little bit easier to do that with.

"I'm looking forward to that moment when we get everybody back more to a normal-looking lineup. When we do that, I think things are going to start to get more consistent. We've got a lot on the horizon right now with Luke coming back, [Hellickson] coming back, Farnsworth, Peralta coming off suspension and eventually [Matt Joyce]."