Struggling Baldelli put on DL with hamstring injury

Updated: May 17, 2007, 7:17 PM ET
Associated Press

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.


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