The Twins on Monday allowed starting pitcher Scott Baker to become a free agent after they told him that the team will not pick up his $9.25 million option for 2013, the Star Tribune reports.
Scott Baker spoke to the media on Friday for the first time since having season-ending Tommy John surgery. When he found out he needed the operation, he says he was "O.K. with it." The right-hander also said he did everything he could to try and pitch through his elbows problems, but it "just wasn't going to happen."
Glen Perkins is still in Minnesota, but his left forearm is feeling better. An MRI scan on Monday revealed irritation, but no structural damage. The lefty will be reevaluated Wednesday morning and could re-join the Twins for the final two games against the Yankees.
In a surprise move, Scott Baker underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday. He was supposed to have a different operation to repair a tendon in his right arm, but Dr. David Altcheck saw that Baker needed the more serious operation. Tommy John surgery usually keeps pitchers out 12-18 months.
The Twins announced Wednesday that starter Scott Baker will miss the entire 2012 season to surgically repair his right elbow. With Baker out, the Twins will have to rely on Jason Marquis and Liam Hendriks to help stabilize the rotation.
The Twins have announced that starter Scott Baker will miss the 2012 season to surgically repair his right elbow. The flexor pronator tendon in his elbow needs to be fixed, and the recovery time for such an operation is six months.
Francisco Liriano, Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn have seen their ups and downs with the Twins. The Pioneer Press caught up with the three pitchers to talk about what has held them back over the last few years.
MRI results of Scott Baker's right elbow were similar "structurally" to the right elbow strain that kept Baker out for 18 days last season, according to the Twins. Baker is going to get a second opinion, but according to the Twins, it's unlikely that Baker misses a significant amount of time.
Scott Baker left his rehab start for Class A Fort Myers Thursday night after recording just one out in the first inning. "He couldn’t seem to get loose on the mound and instead of pushing the envelope, we decided we would go get him out of the game", Twins GM Terry Ryan said. Baker will be reevaluated Friday.
As expected, the Twins optioned Jason Marquis to Class AA New Britain on Wednesday. The right-handed starter hasn't pitched in a game since March 19 because he was taking care of his daughter, who was injured in a bicycle accident. Meanwhile, Scott Baker was officially placed on the 15 day disabled list, retroactive to March 27.
Scott Baker (elbow) and Jason Marquis (personal) likely won't start the first trip through the rotation, so Liam Hendriks will likely start against Baltimore next Sunday, according to the Pioneer Press. That would allow Nick Blackburn to start the Twins' home opener April 9th against the Angels. Hendriks is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA this spring.
There is a growing concern that Scott Baker and Jason Marquis won't be ready to start the regular season on time. Baker is recovering from elbow tendinitis and Marquis is at home with his daughter, who was seriously injured in a bicycle accident. The backup plan is to have relievers ready to start, and Anthony Swarzak, Matt Maloney and Liam Hendriks are all being stretched out just in case their number is called.
Baker had a brutal return to the mound giving up a grand slam and another two-run shot as the Twins fell 10-4 to the Rays. Baker was out since earlier this month after tendinitis flared up in his elbow.
Good news surrounding Twins starter Scott Baker. He threw about 50 pitches in a bullpen session today. Afterwards, he told the Pioneer Press that his right elbow felt fine. Baker missed his last start due to inflammation, and some said he might be put on the diabled list.
Scott Baker is scheduled to start the Twins' home opener against Albert Pujols and the Angels on April 9th, but a case of elbow tendinitis may prevent that from happening. Baker is scheduled to throw bullpen sessions Saturday and Monday, but there is a chance he doesn't join the Twins' rotation until the second week of the season.
Scott Baker missed the majority of the final two months last season because of elbow problems, and he missed his scheduled start Thursday because of another sore elbow. Twins GM Terry Ryan says this is a "standard thing that happens to him every spring." Baker is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday.
Scott Baker pitched two hitless innings as the Twins beats the Rays, 3-2 in spring training action Tuesday. Baker finished last season with a 3.14 ERA, but his season was cut short because of an elbow injury. He says "there’s peace in the fact I’m doing everything I can to stay healthy.”
Injuries plagued the Twins in 2011 to the tune of 99 losses. Many of the injuries were to starting pitchers. Nick Blackburn was one of them. A forearm injury cut his season short, but he says the Twins "will be right back at the top of the league" if they can stay healthy in 2012.
Injuries were a major problem for the Twins in 2011. That's why the news that Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn are healthy is a step in the right direction for the 2012 Twins. Blackburn says if everyone can stay healthy, the upcoming season "should be a different story."