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Rays' Baldelli on way to find out next step

Rocco Baldelli, set to fly into Tampa today, says he has regained his timing at plate.

Montgomery Advertiser

Rocco Baldelli, set to fly into Tampa today, says he has regained his timing at plate.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Rays outfielder Rocco Baldelli ended a 21/2-week stay with Double-A Montgomery on Friday and isn't sure what happens after his flight home.

Baldelli is scheduled to fly to Tampa today and said the Rays may activate him or they could evaluate his progress with further workouts, "but I'm just guessing."

Baldelli hasn't played for the Rays this season because of a rare muscle condition that leaves him fatigued. He said before Friday's game that he feels ready to play for the Rays.

"My main objective was to get back in baseball shape and get my timing back at the plate," he said. "I feel that I've accomplished all of those things."

Baldelli walked twice and struck out in his final game with Montgomery, a 6-5 win over West Tenn. In 13 games, he hit .297 with three homers and eight RBIs.

Baldelli was scheduled for seven innings in rightfield but played just five.

The 26-year-old started his rehab with Class A Vero Beach. He played in 11 games and hit .216. A groin injury shelved him for two weeks at Vero and affected his running early in his time with the Biscuits.

He appeared fine in his second series with Montgomery.

"He started to pick it up," Biscuits manager Billy Gardner said. "I think it was a combination of the groin and him letting it out a little more."

Rays' Baldelli on way to find out next step 08/02/08 [Last modified: Saturday, August 2, 2008 11:14pm]
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