Baldelli To Serve As Special Assistant For Rays

Rocco Baldelli will return to the Rays with a special assistant role, working with minor leaguers and other young players, reports Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times.  Baldelli is "not ready to retire," but has a shoulder issue currently.  Topkin notes that Rays exec Andrew Friedman didn't make the deal with the idea that Baldelli would later play for the Rays, but said "anything's possible."

Baldelli, 28, signed a $500K deal with the Red Sox in January of '09 and hit .253/.311/.433 in 164 plate appearances.  He dealt with foot, hamstring, and hip injuries, but also has a type of channelopathy, which has caused muscle fatigue.



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