Updated: Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008, 7:38 AM EST
Published : Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008, 7:27 AM EST
(WPRI) - Cumberland native Rocco Baldelli was misdiagnosed when doctors told him he had mitochondrial disease.
Eyewitness News spoke with Baldelli's father Tuesday, and he says iIt turns out Baldelli actually has a condition known as channelopothy.
Baldelli was at the Cleveland Clinic last week undergoing further tests when a doctor at the clinic determined that Baldelli had the treatable channelopothy.
That disease is in stark contrast to mitochondrial disease which is genetic and can be fatal.
Baldelli is now a free agent after playing for the Tampa Bay Rays for his entire Major League career. His father says Baldelli is working out everyday, and once he's on the new medication, he could be back to his old self very soon.