As I would have expected given his continued recovery from the ACL, Baldelli's SB attempts have been WAY down.
However, he is now at the top of the order for a manger that LOVES to steal. For people that see him a lot, how is he looking on the base paths? Do you think that his SB attempts will start ramping up, or is he likely to go easy on the knee the rest of the way?
They are gonna start him slow like anyone would do with someone recovering from an ACL injury. He wont steal much this year at all, hope for 12-15 SB tops.
Next year if he isn't overused or gets a nagging injury he will be back up to 30.
He won't be stealing much this year regardless or where he hits. Like the other poster said they are going to take it easy with him, he had the obvious ACL but also hamstring issues when he was coming back earlier this year. As far as him running though he still has great speed on the base paths, I see no reason in the future he can't be up to 20-30 SB's
hybrid wrote:He won't be stealing much this year regardless or where he hits. Like the other poster said they are going to take it easy with him, he had the obvious ACL but also hamstring issues when he was coming back earlier this year. As far as him running though he still has great speed on the base paths, I see no reason in the future he can't be up to 20-30 SB's
yeah i agree with hybrid as well...but i think 30 is the max...i could see him droppin around 15-20 just because his legs have already gone through a beatin'
I would suspect that the lineup will change a few more times before the season is over...I would guess Upton will eventually lead off (atleast yahoo had a report on his first day that he would be the leadoff hitter...which was false info as he was 8th I think).
He has actually been looking better then I expected running the basepaths. I was thinking the other day that we might see him run a bit more now with his move to first in the lineup. He has played in almost 50 games so far this year, so I think we might see him take some chances with the running game over the next 6 or 8 weeks. He has looked healthy enough to me to say he should steal 20 bases or so next year in a full season.
And the news just keeps getting worse for Baldelli. Too bad, I like this guy. Tough couple of years for him.
Aug 4 - Baldelli was scratched from the Devil Rays' lineup Thursday due to soreness in his right hamstring and likely won't play on Friday either, the St. Petersburg Times reports.
Recommendation: Baldelli missed the first two months of the season due to a left hamstring strain, but his current injury might still be related. According to the report, Baldelli said Thursday that both hamstrings were sore during the spring as he worked his way back into form after missing all of last year due to other injuries.. "Both of them were bothering me," Baldelli said. "Even though the left one was the initial one, neither one is really my good one or my bad one." Expect the Rays to be very cautious with the increasingly fragile Baldelli, and there's a chance he could be out for a while. If you're riding Baldelli in a fairly shallow mixed league, consider looking for alternatives if he doesn't return to the lineup by Saturday.