KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Rocco Baldelli's sore hamstring landed
him on the 15-day disabled list, and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays
replaced him by activating outfielder Greg Norton for Thursday
night's series finale against the Texas Rangers at Disney World.
Baldelli left Tuesday night's game against the Rangers after
running out a ground ball in the first inning. He had a MRI
Thursday and was placed on the DL with what manager Joe Maddon
described as a "moderate" left hamstring strain.
"We're not sure what that means as far as how long he'll be
out," Maddon said.
Baldelli was used mostly as a designated hitter for the first
two weeks of the season after straining his right hamstring during
spring training. He's struggled recently, going 1-for-40 and
watching his batting average plunge to .204.
Norton, who hit .296 with 17 homers in 98 games last season, had
been sidelined since injuring his right knee late in spring
training and undergoing surgery April 2. He appeared in seven games
and batted .280 with two doubles and four RBI's during a
rehabilitation assignment at Double-A Montgomery.