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Tampa Bay outfielder's elbow continues to heal

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Devil Rays center fielder
Rocco Baldelli might recover from elbow surgery in time for opening
day.

The 24-year-old tore a knee ligament playing with his younger
brother in the backyard of their Rhode Island home in October 2004.
He was on the verge of rejoining the Devil Rays last June when he
tore a ligament in his right elbow and had to undergo
ligament-replacement surgery.
"Rocco is on a pretty good pace right now," Devil Rays manager
Joe Maddon said Wednesday. "We don't know exactly if he's going to
be ready for opening day, but if he's not, it's going to be close
to that."
Baldelli had 26 outfield assists from 2003-04, the third-highest
total in the major leagues. He has a .285 batting average with 27
homers, 152 RBIs and 44 steals in 292 games.
Maddon said right-hander Edwin Jackson, one of two prospects
obtained from the Los Angeles Dodgers for All-Star closer Danys
Baez and reliever Lance Carter, could wind up in the starting
rotation.
"He might be one of the guys that's coming in that may surprise
as we get deeper into this thing," Maddon said.
Baez went 5-4 with a 2.86 ERA and a career-best 41 saves last
season.
"I don't think it's ever overrated to have an established
closer, but there are other ways to get it done too," Maddon said.
"With the situation that we're looking at now, there are some
people there that may become that. This may give that other person
the opportunity to become that. He may be here already."
In other news, Tampa Bay agreed to a one-year contract with
right-handed pitcher Shawn Camp and to a minor league contract with
infielder Luis Rivas. The 30-year-old Camp was 1-4 with a 6.43 ERA
last season for Kansas City. Rivas batted .257 with one homer, 12
RBIs and four steals last year with Minnesota.