Scott Baker is coming off Tommy John surgery, so it's not surprising the Cubs want to take every precaution they can. He woke up with soreness in his elbow, so the team has temporarily shut him down and will send him for an MRI.
Carrie Muskat of MLB.com says Baker felt some soreness after his first Cactus League start. It could be normal pain associated with getting back on the mound, but the Cubs want to be sure. They did not allow him to pitch the two innings he was scheduled to pitch yesterday. Instead, he will have an MRI.
The Cubs took a chance when they picked up Baker. He was coming off Tommy John surgery and the team did not know how he would respond to the procedure. Most pitchers come back and pitch fine. But every so often, a player struggles or eventually has to undergo a second procedure. Chicago gave Baker a one-year, $5.5 million deal this offseason.
Baker pitched his entire career for the Twins up until this season. Minnesota granted him free agency after the 2012 season, though. In his career, Baker is 153-159 with a 4.15 ERA. He has just three seasons in his seven-year career in which he's posted an ERA under 4.00.
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