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stumpak wrote:Just posted this from SI.com in another Baldelli thread. Maddon is not going to play him consecutive days. I am surprised by this, and it certainly is not positive to his 2008 value:
Baldelli's return caps a recovery that started on May 15, 2007. Baldelli missed the final 124 games of last season with a hamstring injury then missed all of this year with mitochondrial disorder, a condition that slows muscle recovery and causes fatigue.
He's had a pair of rehab assignments with Class-A Vero Beach and Double-A Montgomery, hitting a combined .257 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 24 games. Maddon knows he won't be able to play Baldelli in the outfield on consecutive days and was unsure just how long he'd last on Sunday.
Baldelli is a career .282 hitter in his sixth season with Tampa Bay.
"We'll see how it goes," he said.
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