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MLB Injury News:
Chicago Cubs right-hander Scott Baker will miss the first
half of the 2013 season after an exam on his elbow determined he’s suffered a
muscle strain, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of The Chicago Sun-Times.
The Cubs will shut Baker down for at least a month before he
resumes throwing. Following that extended time on the shelf, the right-hander
would require at least another two months of preparation before he’s ready to
appear in the majors.
Baker underwent Tommy John surgery as a member of the
Minnesota Twins last April, ending his 2012 season. He signed with the Cubs
this offseason, and the team was hoping to have the veteran starter back by
April or May before his most recent setback.
Chicago gave Baker a guaranteed major league contract over
the fall, so they were banking on having him be a part of their rotation this
season. They viewed him as a low-risk addition that could potentially be signed
to a long-term contract, depending on how he responded following significant
With Matt Garza also slated to begin the season on the
disabled list, the Cubs are set to enter the year with a starting rotation that
contains Jeff Samardzija, Edwin Jackson, Scott Feldman, Travis Wood and Carlos
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