Rocco Baldelli will continue his unlikely comeback with Triple-A Durham, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times.
Baldelli was hired as a special assistant minor league coach with the Rays this season, however he decided to continue his playing career last month. The 28-year-old batted .283/.298/.370 with four doubles and six RBI in 12 games with High-A Charlotte. He was 3-for-4 with a walk on Thursday, playing in back-to-back games for the first time.
Baldelli batted a meager .253/.311/.433 with seven homers, 23 RBI and a 744 OPS in 150 at-bats with the Red Sox last season, so expectations aren’t particularly high for him at this point, but there’s a chance he could be promoted when rosters expand in September.
The Reds announced on Tuesday that starter Scott Feldman underwent season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. The right-hander was placed on the disabled list with knee inflammation on Friday.
Feldman, 34, made 21 starts this season, posting a 4.77 ERA with a 93/35 K/BB ratio in 111 1/3 innings. He’s a free agent after the season but may have to settle for a minor league deal going into 2018 given his age and recent injury woes.
Following an embarrassing scene at Fenway Park earlier this year in which Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was taunted with racial slurs and had peanuts thrown at him, Major League Baseball will implement a universal code of conduct for fans at major league ballparks starting next season, ESPN’s Scott Lauber reports.
MLB spokesman Michael Teevan said, “We are working with the clubs on security and fan conduct initiatives at all of our ballparks. We will be issuing a league-wide fan code of conduct for the 2018 season.”
As Lauber notes, every team has its own code of conduct but some are more thorough than others. The Red Sox added “hate speech” to their code of conduct after the Jones incident and Major League Baseball, unsurprisingly, wants to make sure fans at every ballpark are clear on what behaviors will and will not be tolerated.
Since the Jones incident, Major League Baseball has been encouraging teams to be more inclusive, though Kennedy clarified that “there’s not been any directive or mandate.”