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His first rehab game did not pan out very well, but Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Scott Baker will try again. Kane County Cougars play-by-play announcer Wayne Randozzo tweeted that Baker will pitch Thursday night, July 18, for the Cubs' Class-A affiliate.
#Cubs pitcher Scott Baker will make his 2nd rehab start for @KCCougars on Friday night. Expected to pitch 5 innings.
— Wayne Randazzo (@WayneRandazzo) July 18, 2013
Baker allowed four runs in three innings in his first game last week, but he said that he did not worry about statistics just yet. He cares more about getting healthy and getting some innings in so he can join the Cubs as soon as possible.
As of now, Baker is due back in mid-August, but spots in the Cubs' pitching staff will most likely open well before then. Matt Garza is a certain trade candidate even before his next scheduled start. Relievers James Russell and Kevin Gregg are also likely to find new teams before long. If Baker does not build up enough arm strength and stamina soon enough to start, then he could fill a much-needed void in the overworked and under-achieved bullpen until he does.
Baker is trying to return from Tommy John surgery that sidelined him for all of 2012. He threw one-third of an inning in Spring Training before going on the 60-day disabled list. He is 63-48 with a 4.15 ERA in seven years with the Minnesota Twins from 2005-2011. He had a record of 8-6, 3.14 ERA, in 2011. The Cubs are hoping to get that type of performance from Baker when he finally does return to the Majors.
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