Devil Rays outfielder Rocco Baldelli is complementing his running program with a new, concentrated weightlifting regimen to help restore strength and elasticity to his troublesome hamstring, which has kept him out of action for two months.
Though Baldelli is swinging a bat, he still needs regular rest and rehabilitative treatment, so no timetable has been set for his return. Baldelli was recently quoted in the St. Petersburg Times as saying he hopes to resume regular play sometime before the end of the year.
His objective is to enlarge existing healthy muscle to compensate for distortions, breaks or failures in other strands of his hamstring. The process takes time, though based on reports of his current condition it would appear he might be back as soon as a few weeks.
Such injuries, however, in rare cases have kept players out for the better part of a season or longer.