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Scott Baker shut down with elbow inflammation

Mar 19, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

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Scott Baker was sent for an MRI exam after experiencing elbow soreness during his ugly spring training debut yesterday and now the Cubs have shut his comeback from Tommy John surgery down.

Patrick Mooney of reports that the Cubs are “suspending Baker’s throwing program” and he’s scheduled to be examined further by the team doctor. For now he’s been diagnosed with elbow inflammation.

In other words … not good. Baker missed all of last season after undergoing surgery late in spring training and signed a one-year, $5.5 million contract that also includes up to $1.5 million in incentives.

  1. aarontzach - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Can we still blame this on the Twins’ training staff?

  2. Cris E - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    He’ll be back two or three times this season and end up throwing 130 IP of meh to pretty good baseball. Come the winter, the flashes of improvement as he shakes off the rust will leave the Cubs torn over what deal to offer for next year.

  3. albertmn - Mar 19, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Thank you, Scott, for jumping on the Cubs money! The Twins have enough holes without your injury issues.

  4. tone360 - Mar 19, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    when you say “that also includes 1.5 million in incentives” does that mean on top of the 5.5 or 1.5 is part of the 5.5?

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