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Rocco back, won't play



OF Rocco Baldelli rejoined the Rays on Thursday in Seattle with no plans to play again this season but confident he will be back on the field next season.

"I'm not going to be playing any more this season,'' Baldelli said. "I fully plan on playing next year. ... I fully plan on being in spring training and being ready to go.''

He has been out since mid May when he strained his left hamstring, and twice has had to cut short rehab assignments due to recurring problems.

Baldelli has undergone an extensive series of tests and said the results have not yielded the cause of his problem, or any indication he has serious medical issues. Several results are still outstanding.

Asked if the results meant catastrophic illness could be ruled out, Baldelli said: "I would think (so); a lot of the results we did get back did say pretty much I'm a pretty healthy 25-year-old male. That's pretty much what the results came back so far. There really haven't been any results that have shown anything at all. They've bascially said that every result we've gotten back so far has been completely negative. That makes me feel good. That makes we feel like eventually when we find out what it is it's something that's going to be treatable.''

Baldelli understands there has been a mystery about the situation. "In one way I want to find out what the problem is; in another way I'd rather there be no actual real problem with me. ... It's kind of an unusual situation. If you don't know what the problem is it's difficult to try to get some results to treat it.''

Baldelli said there were so many tests he does not know what specifically he has been tested for. "A lot of the tests have to do with my legs and while they respond the way they do,'' he said.

"It's not like we're trying to keep a secret,'' he said. "I know I'm getting tested for a lot of different things and I'm not sure exactly what they all are so it's a little bit stressful situation, but it will be over pretty soon and I'll have some answers.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:32am]


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