Rocco Baldelli promoted to Triple-A
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Rocco Baldelli is taking another step toward playing again in the majors.
The Tampa Bay Rays promoted the outfielder-designated hitter to Triple-A Durham from Class A Charlotte on Friday. He will join the International League club on Monday.
"The first part of the games that I was playing went well," Baldelli said. "I'm just happy to be out there and getting a chance to go to Durham and get some more at-bats. I'm going to go up there and do my best, see what happens and go from there."
Baldelli hit .283 (13-for-46) with four doubles and six RBIs in 12 games with Charlotte.
The 28-year old rejoined the Rays as a special instructor during spring training and was also rehabbing an injured shoulder this year. He missed the 2005 season and most of 2007 and '08 due to injuries and a medical condition that sapped his energy.
Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said Baldelli will receive "serious" consideration about being added to the big league roster this season. Baldelli would mostly be used as a DH or pinch-hitter but could see limited playing time in the field.
Baldelli made his major league debut with Tampa Bay in 2003 and was part of the Rays' AL championship team in 2008. He signed with the Boston Red Sox for 2009, hitting .253 with seven homers and 23 RBIs in 62 games.
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