Red Sox OF Baldelli leaves game with knee injury

TORONTO(AP) Boston Red Sox right fielder Rocco Baldelli(notes) left Saturday’s game against Toronto in the fifth inning after slamming into a wall in foul territory and injuring his left knee. He was replaced by J.D. Drew(notes).

X-rays on Baldelli’s knee revealed no damage. Baldelli was hurt when he slid while trying to catch a foul pop from Aaron Hill(notes). Baldelli made the grab as he hit the low, padded wall but the impact knocked the ball out of his glove.

Baldelli lay on the ground, then slowly got to his feet as manager Terry Francona and trainer Paul Lessard jogged to his side. Baldelli slowly walked to the dugout.

The injury came three innings after Baldelli hit his second home run of the season, a two-run shot to left off Blue Jays starter Brian Tallet(notes). Baldelli had missed the past two games with a sore hamstring.


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Updated Saturday, May 30, 2009