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Scott Baker had Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery

Apr 17, 2012, 8:14 PM EDT

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When the Twins announced last week that starter Scott Baker needed an elbow procedure and would miss the rest of the 2012 season, they claimed that his ulnar collateral ligament was fine and that it was his flexor pronator tendon that required repairing.

That was either incorrect or untrue.

According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Baker underwent Tommy John reconstructive surgery on his throwing elbow Tuesday in New York after Dr. David Altchek found significant damage involving the 30-year-old right-hander’s UCL. What was once a six-month recovery is now sure to be a 12-month one.

Baker, 30, registered a solid 3.14 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 123/32 K/BB ratio across 134 2/3 innings last season. But the Twins are all but certain to decline his $9.25 million club option for the 2013 campaign.

  1. Kanonen80 - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    Wow… Just, Wow…. I thought Ryan said they were going to be better at the whole “transparency with injury” thing? Hopefully it was something they found when opened him up. Next up: Perkins!

  2. byjiminy - Apr 18, 2012 at 6:08 AM

    Pretty sure it’s not a lying thing. The same doctor who did the surgery told Baker the UCL was fine based on the MRI. He only saw the damage when he opened it up.

    I hope this will shut up the people who were calling Baker a whiner for not just playing through pain–they were really saying that on Twins boards when it was supposedly just to remove scar tissue–but it won’t.

    • byjiminy - Apr 18, 2012 at 6:10 AM

      (They’ll just move on to the next injured player.)

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