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.
White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in the dugout after completing his outing against the Astros on Friday evening. The cause of the incident has yet to be determined, but Farquhar was supervised by the club’s medical personnel and EMTs and regained consciousness before being taken to Rush University Medical Center for further treatment and testing. A diagnosis has not been announced by the team.
Farquhar pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief during Friday’s 10-0 loss to Houston. He was brought in to relieve James Shields in the top of the sixth inning and was immediately bested by George Springer, who belted a ground-rule double down the right field line and scored Brian McCann and Derek Fisher for the Astros’ sixth and seventh runs of the night. He recovered to strike out Jose Altuve, but was again punished with a two-run homer from Carlos Correa (his first of two), and induced a fly out to end the inning.
The 31-year-old righty pitched just 7 1/3 innings with the club prior to Friday’s performance, issuing four hits, three runs, two homers and eight strikeouts in seven appearances.