Texas Rangers utility player Jeff Baker suffered a setback to his sprained right thumb over the weekend. As a result, Baker has received another cortisone shot in the ailing hand, treatment he's hoping helps put the injury behind him, according to Master Testatsion of MLB.com.
"I'm hoping this does the trick, put it behind us and
move forward," Baker said. "Hopefully this will do it, if not it's
just like anything else, and you go back to the drawing board to see what we can
Baker was able to progress to the point where he was swinging off a tee, but he's still unable to consistently take cuts in the batting cage. The veteran told reporters that he's having trouble controlling the bat head, and his most recent session was cut short after five swings due to discomfort.
"It's like a sprained ankle. You want to try to
strengthen it and build it up, but it's also a pain tolerance," he said.
"Anytime you have a sprain, you have a tear in there. If you keep beating
it up, it's not going to heal. I tried to push it and progress it to see if I
could get past that threshold. Off the tee and soft toss was fine, but during
[batting practice] I couldn't do it."
While he was assuming a limited role for the Rangers, Baker was performing well for the team. Over 92 plate appearances the 32-year-old was hitting .317/.391/.695 with four doubles and nine home runs.
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