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The Chicago Cubs may soon see Scott Baker for the first time this season. Baker has been on the disabled list as he continues to recover from Tommy John surgery and a muscle strain suffered during the spring. However, he finally looks poised to return to the active roster. It would be the first time th Cubs see him in uniform since signing him this past offseason. Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago says Baker is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment.
Scott Baker will begin rehab assignment on Sunday with Kane County.
— Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) July 11, 2013
Baker played his entire career with the Minnesota Twins before suffering a torn UCL and having to undergo Tommy John surgery. Now, he has not pitched in nearly two years. The 31-year old is surely eager to get back on a mound at a Major League park. The Cubs signed Baker knowing full well the risk involved in doing so, but they will finally get to see soon if that risk was worth it.
Baker has started 159 games in his career. He has a 4.15 ERA. However, there have been times when Baker has shown an ability to push that ERA below 4 and really get guys out. In 2011, before the injury, Baker was 8-6 with a 3.14 ERA. That's what the Cubs hope to get out of him this year in the second half.
Baker is signed to a one-year deal worth $5.5 million. He will have limited time to make an impression on the Cubs and other teams around the league as he is really auditioning for his next contract. Fortunately, he should have most of the second half to show what he's got.
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