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Scott Baker diagnosed with right elbow strain, expected to miss first half of 2013 season

Mar 24, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

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Scott Baker‘s ongoing recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery just got more complicated.

According to beat writer Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Baker was diagnosed Sunday by Cubs doctors with a muscle strain in his right elbow — the same elbow that was surgically-repaired last April.

Baker entered spring training hoping to crack the Cubs’ Opening Day rotation, but he began developing renewed elbow soreness pretty early on and will now be shut down for the next four weeks. If he’s lucky, he’ll be ready to go at some point in late July.

Baker signed a one-year, $5.5 million free agent contract with the Cubs this winter, which looked like a bargain at the time but is now trending in the direction of a bust. The 31-year-old right-hander owns a decent 4.15 career ERA and 1.26 career WHIP in 958 career major league innings.

  1. thebadguyswon - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    And we know a strain is a tear, so this is brutal news.

  2. dremmel69 - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Sorry, Cubs fans. This is the reality of Scott Baker. Twins fans have come to realize that the flashes of brilliance are outweighed by the nagging injuries and the brooding, “I’m the smartest guy in the clubhouse” attitude. The Twins are DESPERATE for pitching and let Baker go. Buyer beware!

    • Bryz - Mar 24, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      I’m pretty sure there has never been a complaint about his attitude, and besides, the Twins let him go because he didn’t want an option in his contract for the 2014 season.

      • dremmel69 - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:19 PM

        Okay. As a Twins season ticket holder over Baker’s 7+ seasons of MLB experience I will defer to what you are “pretty sure” you have heard about him. My point is that we know more about his IQ than his pitching ability. Sadly, Cubs fans will know nothing about his abilities until sometime after the All-Star game.

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