Luke Scott's watered-down injury

Luke Scott's watered-down injury
March 31, 2013, 1:30 am
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Former Oriole Luke Scott, the Rays’ designated hitter, will start the season on the disabled list. He has a right calf strain, but Scott didn’t end up with it in a normal fashion.

Scott said the strain was brought on by drinking too much alkaline water, which flushed out too many electrolytes from his body. Scott drinks a gallon of the water each day, he said.

According to the Mayo Clinc website, proponents of alkaline water  “say that it can neutralize acid in your bloodstream, boost your metabolism and help your body absorb nutrients more effectively. Some even say that alkaline water can help prevent disease and slow the aging process. However, researchers haven't verified these claims.”

In any case, decided Scott’s injury earned him induction into the goofy baseball injury hall of shame, lumping him in with the likes of another former Oriole, Marty Cordova, who was sidelined by too much time on the tanning bed; Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez, who suffered a rug burn on his head while wrestling with his bulldog; and Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, who had to sit out because his arm was sensitive from getting a large tattoo.

At least Scott has gained a bit of baseball immortality.