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Injury forces Baldelli off Red Sox's ALDS roster

Oct 8, 2009, 2:08 PM EDT

Boston has left Rocco Baldelli off the ALDS roster because of his hip injury, so Brian Anderson and Joey Gathright will be the backup outfielders.
Baldelli typically replaces J.D. Drew in right field against left-handed pitchers, so he would’ve been in line to face Scott Kazmir in Game 3 and Joe Saunders in Game 4.
Baldelli has hit .295/.346/.485 versus lefties during his career, including .290/.343/.441 this season, whereas Drew is a lifetime .262/.366/.428 hitter against southpaws and batted .272/.381/.482 off them this season.
In other words, not a ton of difference either way, although certainly losing Baldelli leaves the Red Sox with less flexibility. Anderson is also a right-handed hitter and could sub for Baldelli as Drew’s platoon partner, but he’s hit just .209/.283/.368 lifetime against lefties.

  1. Bobby Townsend - Oct 8, 2009 at 2:57 PM

    I know Rocco has a disorder that prevents him from playing back-to-back for the most part. I still cringe everytime he has to miss games due to injury. He is a special guy and I know how he wants to be in there every day like he was in his first two years with the (Devil) Rays. Hang in there ROCCO !!!

  2. Joey B - Oct 8, 2009 at 4:36 PM

    He’s a terrific backup, in that he can provide a RH bat in lieu of Ellsbury and Drew, and can capably man all 3 OF positions. But he comes with a price of being injury prone. It’s something the RS will have to think about when considering the #4 for 2010.

  3. Henri - Oct 8, 2009 at 6:05 PM

    The inconsistency in the length of the players’ trousers is driving me mad. The Red Sox are big offenders.

  4. Clinton Doak - Oct 8, 2009 at 9:08 PM

    Why do you continue to employ the worst person in the world (i.e., Keith Olbermann)?

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