Jesse Rogers of ESPN-Chicago
reports that Theo Epstein, Chicago Cubs GM, spoke optimistically about two of
his projected starting pitchers for 2013, Matt Garza and Scott Baker.
"Both guys should be ready to start the year," Epstein said
Baker, 31, was acquired via free agency on November 13. The righty
starter has spent his entire career with the Twins until now. From
2008-2010 he racked up a won-loss of 38-22. Elbow problems, however,
limited his 2011 season to 134 innings, and caused him to miss all of
2012. Baker underwent the procedure knows as Tommy John surgery to repair
his ulnar collateral ligament last April.
Epstein said of Baker, "If he stays on schedule that's laid out for him
now -- he's up to about 75 pitches by the end of March."
On Garza, the ex-Boston Red Sox GM stated, "Garza we expect to be full
go in spring training and ready to start the year."
Garza is still being counted on as the number one or two starter in the Cubs
2013 rotation. The 6'4" 29-year-old saw his 2012 campaign end in
August after a triceps injury and a stress reaction in his right (throwing)
elbow. A topic of many winter trade rumors, the native Californian joined
the Cubs via a January 2011 trade with the Tampa Bay Rays that saw the Cubs
send five players to Tampa,
none of whom has had much impact in the major leagues since.
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