DH Luke Scott headed to Port Charlotte on Friday morning to get as many as eight at-bats in a minor-league game and predicted that “barring a setback” he will be ready for Tuesday’s Opening Day.


He had a setback.


Scott left the game after his first at-bat because of tightness in his right calf, went for an MRI and will likely begin the season on the disabled list.


“We’ll probably have to make some kind of decision or move,” manager Joe Maddon said after the Rays’ 8-3 loss to the Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium.


The Rays will first try to establish how many games Scott will miss. The injury will be back dated to Sunday, the day after his last game, which will make him eligible to come off the disabled list April8.


If it is indeed short-term, the Rays will call up a player already on the 40-man roster, with C Chris Gimenez, OF Brandon Guyer and C/OF Stephen Vogt on the short list.


If the Rays believe Scott will be out a few weeks to a month, they could add a non-roster player such as OF/1B/DH Shelley Duncan or OF/1B Leslie Anderson. That move will require removing a player from the 40-man roster and designating him for assignment, a move that comes with the risk of losing that player.