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Rocco to be re-evaluated Wednesday

Rays CF Rocco Baldelli left with a left hamstring strain after visibly favoring his left leg halfway up the first-base line during the Rays’ 4-3 10-inning win over the Rangers at the Ballpark at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex.

Baldelli, who has battled hamstring injuries in the past, will see team orthopedic physician Dr. Koco Eaton today and be re-evaluated.

“It’s tough,” Baldelli said. “Sometimes it doesn’t feel so bad. I give it a couple days and it improves and other times it doesn’t. … I’ll probably know more when I wake up in the morning.”

Baldelli missed the first two months of last season after straining the same hamstring in spring training. He also strained his right hamstring this spring, but Rays manager Joe Maddon has been able to give Baldelli more days off from CF duties this season with the emergence of fourth OF Elijah Dukes. Baldelli made 20 starts in CF and 15 at DH this season.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:31am]


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