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Baldelli Off the Tracks

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Marc Topkin:

CF Rocco Baldelli was supposed to play centerfield for Class A Vero Beach tonight in the third game of his rehab assignment, but was not in the starting lineup. The Rays said his legs are sore, though the problem is not related to his hamstrings, and they are just being cautious. Baldelli, out since mid-May with a left hamstring strain, has been working to build up strength in his legs and altered his running style and is hoping to rejoin the Rays on or shortly after Sept. 1.

At this point you wonder if the Rays will be in a place where they don't have to activate Baldelli's upcoming options in 2009 with Bossman ruling the 8 as well as Fernando Perez and Desmond Jennings roaming in the minors.