MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Twins entered this season hoping right-hander Scott Baker would be starting their home-opener today. Instead, Baker was preparing to travel to New York to get a second opinion on his troublesome right elbow from Dr. David Altchek.
A recent MRI showed the same flexor strain that bothered Baker at times last season, and the Twins are worried about the continual flare-ups.
"If he's not here and he's on the DL, I've got some concern," Minnesota general manager Terry Ryan said. "No doubt. I'd like to have him. He's supposed to be starting this game. But we'll put somebody else out there. That's the way it is. He's just not ready to pitch yet."
Nick Blackburn started Monday and gave up five runs over six innings in a 5-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Liam Hendriks -- taking a spot in the rotation due to the absences of Baker and Jason Marquis -- has missed his start because of food poisoning. Ma...