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As Expected: Rocco "Not There Yet"

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The only certainty is Baldelli won't be activated from the 60-day DL in the near future.

"He's still not there yet," Manager Joe Maddon said. "We're cautiously optimistic that he's going to be able to get back at some point. We have no idea what that means yet."

The article also mentions how Al Reyes is close to returning, amongst other tidbits, but Baldelli's situation had seemingly been on the upswing as of late, even having an OPS over .720 in Vero. No matter how optimistic reports may seem it's important to keep expectations in check and tempered for Baldelli's possible return or potential contribution. Perhaps more importantly is that Baldelli's situation almost cannot affect the team's plans for this trade deadline.