ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Rocco Baldelli is getting back on the playing field. The outfielder and the Tampa Bay Rays agreed to a minor league contract Monday, and he was assigned him to Class A Charlotte of the Florida State League.
The 28-year old rejoined the Rays as a special instructor during spring training. He had been taking batting practice and participating in drills before most Tampa Bay home games. Baldelli has been rehabbing an injured shoulder this year and has not appeared in a game. He missed the 2005 season and most of 2007 and 2008 due to injuries and a medical condition that sapped his energy.