Earlier this morning we reported that two stations in Rhode Island had been told by Rocco Baldelli’s family that his condition had been misdiagnosed and that his new diagnosis is treatable.
ABC6 now has a video report (which does not use all-caps).
Marc Topkin spoke with Baldelli who says the new diagnosis is “an encouraging development.”
OF Rocco Baldelli clarified the Rhode Island TV report this morning, saying there has been an updated diagnosis and it is “an encouraging development” and with adjustments to his current medication he hopes “to be on the field on a much more regular basis.”
Baldelli said he was not orginally “misdiagnosed” as reported by WLNE-TV, but that the original diagnosis of a mitochondrial disorder was “the best diagnosis at the time.”
His doctor at the Cleveland Clinic has since reviewed further and more sophisticated testing that indicates his condition is a less-severe and treatable channelopathy. With a modification of medicine Baldelli is currently taking and having good results from, he is optimistic about his health and his baseball career.
“Misdiagnosis” or “Updated diagnosis” may be semantics as it sounds like the original doctors did not have the necessary tests available to them.
This is certainly great news for Baldelli and could open the door for a return to the Rays in 2009. However, it is still unclear how much “more” Baldelli would be able to play and whether this opens the door to regular work as an outfielder.
Baldelli became a free agent after the Rays bought out his 2009 option for $4 million.