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MLB Injury News:
The long wait for Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Scott Baker is over.
Baker made his 2013 Spring Training debut on Sunday, March 17, ending his time
on the disabled list. Baker pitched only a third of an inning against the Oakland Athletics, allowing three runs on three hits in his first
live competition since 2011.
Baker missed all of 2012 while recovering from Tommy John
surgery in April. As a pitcher for the Minnesota Twins from 2005-2011, Baker
was 63-48 with a 4.15 ERA. He was 8-6, 3.14, in 2011. The Cubs signed him to
compete for the fifth spot in their rotation upon his return, which was
previously believed to be well after the season started.
Although Baker’s outing was very brief and not productive, the fact that he was able to pitch at all is good news for the
Cubs. With fellow starter Matt Garza still out until May, Baker’s availability
gives the Cubs some depth in the rotation. Even if Baker is not ready to throw
six or seven innings right away, he can pitch out of the bullpen while Scott
Feldman starts. The Cubs are counting on Baker to help the Cubs improve on
their 61-101 record of 2012.
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