Rocco Baldelli's Mitochondria To End Contract Holdout

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The Rays may not have made a major splash in the pre-trade deadline market for an outfield bat, but no matter: Rocco Baldelli's comin' back!

Baldelli was diagnosed with a mitochondrial disorder back in March and was placed on the 60-day DL. Kid's talented, no doubt, but he simply couldn't handle the rigors of professional baseball because his mitochondria were too busy playing Peggle or something. Here's Rocco:

"I've been waiting a long time to come back and it seems like something that's going to happen, so I'm pretty excited about that. I don't really know how I'm going to feel when I get back out there. I know it's been a long time. ... I'm just excited to get back out there. It's been a long time coming."

Good for him! If Baldelli does indeed come back, who will he replace on the roster? Does this finally spell the end of the Rays' weakest DH-cum-outfielder, Jonny Gomes, he of the sub-.700 OPS? The Rays have only the 20th highest scoring offense in baseball so they need all the help they can get, even from someone whose own cells are conspiring against him.

As for Rocco's disease, I read about 100 words deep into the Wikipedia entry for 'mitochondrial disease' before my eyes started crossing and I began to have flashbacks to freshman biology class. Any of you Doogie Howsers out there in the Walkoffwalkosphere know anything about the disease? Is this similar to what Dorothy Zbornak had in that episode when she thought she had chronic fatigue syndrome? I need answers, people!

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Never heard of Peggle until now...goodbye, Tuesday afternoon productivity.

Although research is ongoing, treatment options are currently limited, though vitamins are frequently prescribed

See kids, it is important to take your Flinstones chewable vitamins every day.

That mitochondria looks like a bitchin' water slide.

And by that, I mean, "No, there are no Doogie Howsers in the Walkoffwalkofsphere."

Doogie Howsers? Are you callin' me gay?

The Woonsocket Rocket should have just drank a glass of coffee milk, that would have taken care of his mitochondrical disease.

It's not like the mitochondria have been completely inactive this entire time. They've spent 45 minutes a day exercising on the Golgi apparatus.


CTC: I thought that was Thome.

It causes something called "exercise intolerance."

Twenty bucks says a really fat dude coined that expression.

Mitochondrial disease is more or less serious depending on where the mitochondrial defects are concentrated. Without properly functioning mitochondria, your cells simply don't produce the energy they need to perform their appropriate functions -- thus, failing mitochondria in the blood cells may just cause physical fatigue, but failing mitochondria in the brain or other nerve cells can cause neurological failure. It's also a really difficult disease to diagnose and isolate, and pretty much impossible to treat directly.

So, like, it's serious. Baldelli's always been kind of a creampuff, but this is a tough ailment and it would be neat to see him come back from it.


FMRA's mitochondria ate her sense of humor.


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