Better diagnosis for Baldelli?
Free agent OF Rocco Baldelli's immediate baseball future remains uncertain as he continues talks with a number of teams, but his long-term health status may have improved considerably.
According to a WLNE-TV report out of his native Rhode Island, Baldelli's family says his condition was misdiagnosed as mitochondrial disorder and, after a recent visit to the Cleveland Clinic, is now diagnosed as channelopathy, which is considered "a non-progressive, highly treatable disease.''
The report, posted on the station web site late Tuesday, does not quote anyone directly and does not indicate how this reported change in condition would affect Baldelli's playing status. After missing most of the season with what was considered a muscle fatigue disorder, Baldelli returned to the Rays in August but was available on a somewhat limited basis.
Channelopathy is a disease involving dysfuntion of ion channels that can involve potassium, sodium, chloride and calcium, according to MedicineNet.com.
Baldelli became a free agent at the end of the season and has had talks with more than a half dozen teams, including the Rays, but his health and availability is obviously a major topic of conversation.