04/28/2013 2:43 PM ET
Rays hope Molina, Escobar can play Tuesday
By John Jackson / Special to MLB.com
CHICAGO -- After being hit just above the right knee by a pitch on Saturday night, Rays catcher Jose Molina wasn't in the lineup Sunday against the White Sox, but was available in an emergency.
"Molina is sore today, but he's able to play if we need him," manager Joe Maddon said.
The Rays have a day off Monday, so the hope is Molina will be back in the lineup Tuesday night in Kansas City.
In other injury news, shortstop Yunel Escobar continues to progress from tightness in his right hamstring and remains day to day. His return to the lineup is unknown.
"Escobar took some ground balls earlier," Maddon said. "I don't know. He's doing well. Hopefully, he'll be able to play Tuesday night in Kansas City."
Scott expected to come off DL by Tuesday
CHICAGO -- Barring a last-second setback, it appears that Rays designated hitter Luke Scott is likely to be activated from the disabled list before Tuesday night's game in Kansas City.
"He's on track to play tonight," manager Joe Maddon said of Scott before Sunday's game against the Chicago White Sox, referring to Scott's Minor League rehab assignment. "Once that happens, then we'll see. He's kind of on track to join us in Kansas City. We'll know more after today."
Scott has been sidelined since Spring Training with a strained right calf, so the Rays are excited to get back a player they counted on being a run producer in the middle of the lineup.
"This guy's a good RBI guy," Maddon said of Scott. "Now what James Loney's doing is a little interesting, because it's a little different than what we intended. Again, it goes back to that swarming offense I've been thinking about. You saw it last night and that's what it has the ability to look like."
With the hits and RBIs spread throughout the lineup, the Rays produced a season-high 10 runs and 19 hits Saturday. Maddon doesn't expect that kind of production on a nightly basis, but believes the potential is there for more games like that with Scott -- who had 14 home runs and 55 RBIs in 96 games last season for Tampa Bay -- in the lineup.
"What it means from Scotty's perspective, putting him in the middle somewhere and getting him hot, getting him driving in runs like he can, it just makes us even better," Maddon said.
"I don't know where he's at right now. Getting a guy off the DL is nice, but it doesn't necessarily mean he's ready to contribute like he can after he's been playing on a consistent basis. What I think it means overall is a lot of RBIs in the middle. Is he ready to do that now? I'm not certain, but it definitely makes us better."
Maddon feels club has been on road all year
CHICAGO -- Before Sunday's series finale against the White Sox, the Rays had played 24 games with an equal number home and on the road. That was news to manager Joe Maddon.
Perhaps Tampa Bay's 3-9 road record before Sunday made the road trips seem longer.
"We need to be a good road team," Maddon said. "We're very capable of being a good road team. We've been that in the past, so we're just trying to right ourselves."
John Jackson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.