Baldelli Had An MRI On Monday
With the Los Angeles Angels throwing two lefty starters at the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS series (assuming that the series goes four games), the health and availability of Rocco Baldelli could be crucial to the Sox success against the dynamic lefties and Angels.
Scott Kazmir is dealing for the Halos and Joe Saunders is always Mr. Consistent. Rocco Baldelli has feasted on left-handed pitching this year batting .290 against southpaws with 15 RBI’s and 4 HR’s, compared to a .193 average against righties, with only 3 HR’s and 8 RBI’s. Although Baldelli may not be a substitute for J.D. Drew as a starter, his value is still high from off the bench for a pinch hit against the two starters, or reliever Darren Oliver, or closer Brian Fuentes.
Baldelli strained his left hip flexor on Friday and received an MRI Monday before the Sox boarded a plan to California. So with the injury and Baldelli’s rare health condition, his status for the ALDS is up in the air which could place Josh Reddick or Brian Anderson on the roster as the team’s fourth outfielder.