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Rocco Baldelli removed from Rays roster

10/7/2010

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Game 1 designated hitter Rocco Baldelli has been removed from the Tampa Bay Rays roster and replaced with infielder Willy Aybar, who will take over as the DH.

The Rays announced that Baldelli has left leg fatigue symptomatic of his mitochondrial disorder.

Baldelli was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and he left three runners on base in Game 1, a 5-1 victory for the visiting Texas Rangers. Aybar hit .220 this season in 100 games. Nineteen of his 62 hits went for extra bases, including 13 doubles, and he drew 30 walks.

Baldelli played just 10 regular-season games with the Rayslate in the year and hit .208.