Scott Baker Shut Down with Elbow Strain

According to multiple reports, the Cubs have shut down Scott Baker for at least a month with a right elbow strain. Baker would not be available to pitch until least June if he does not have any further setbacks.

Scott Baker was on target to join the Cubs’ rotation in the middle of April. Baker will be re-evaluated again in a month.


Scott Baker said he was relieved that he did not suffer a season-ending injury. Baker was evaluated by team orthopedist, Dr. Stephen Gryzlo, on Sunday after an MRI on his right elbow last Monday indicated there could be a problem.

As the Sun-Times pointed out, if Baker does not have any further setbacks, he has lost half the season. Baker would figure to take two months to prepare once he is ready to resume his rehab program.

The Cubs received good news from Dr. Gryzlo regarding Matt Garza. Dr. Gryzlo also examined Garza on Sunday and he is making progress. Garza is on target to throw his first bullpen in the first week of April according to Carrie Muskat.

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  • Tarzan Joe

    complete waste of money. add in the money spent on stewart, concepcion from cuba ; there’s about 15M on junk. plus the cuban relief pitcher does not project to be much more than a middle innings reliever; another 3M.
    here’s hoping vizcaino comes back healthy so maholm and reed were not given away.
    enough with the injured players; cubs get enough on their own……see garza, bkax, almora, jr lake; don’t need to recruit them already injured.
    since fledman looks like volstad so far in ST; great chance for t wood and villeneuva to stay in the rotation all yr.

    • Tony_Hall

      Ryan Dempster was an injured player….that one worked out. You can’t just say you don’t want any injured players, as almost all players have an injury history nowadays.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Villeneuva will do okay. He could win 10+ games even for this team. He’s got some starting skills.

      Wood…maybe he’ll go 8-17 in 31 starts.

      It may get worse. Baker now won’t win five games for us. Garza will not win five games either.

      It’ll be a tough year for the Cubs. And all the faithful can rejoice at a higher draft pick.

      • SuzyS

        Rip, remember Theo’s nightmare…coming in at the middle of the pack. It will be a losing season…But I think TWood will hover somewhere @ the .500 mark with a decent season this year…If he stays healthy.
        It will be tough at the mlb level…but immensely more interesting watching the development of the youngsters.

    • SuzyS

      I actually look for Travis Wood to have a good season anyway…As stated before, Concepcion is good friends with Soler and helped land him.
      I like Baker, (when healthy), but did not understand the single year signing w/o a club option for next year…when he might really be healthy. IF he puts it together…he might sign with the Cubs for the opportunity they gave him this year…It was a risky signing but with a high upside.
      3M for a good middle relief pitcher is reasonable in today’s world…the Cubs have the funds to take high risk/high reward gambles…and all of them definitely will not pan out…But it’s how you build a contender…looking at the big picture..
      I never cared for Feldman…but if he gives them anything at all…it’s a bonus.
      All in all…there’s not much to beef about if you understand what they’re trying to do.

    • 07GreyDigger

      He’s not a waste of money until he’s done for the year. You don’t know what you’re going to get out of him yet.

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  • Ripsnorter1

    Forget any Soriano to the Yanks talk. It’s all over. Vernon Wells from LAA to the Yanks.

    Gag! Vernon Wells stinks so badly, how did the Yanks pass on Soriano????

    • SuzyS

      Cubs wanted return talent…Angels didn’t…it’s that simple.

    • triple

      That’s fine. Sad to say, but the Cubs really do need Soriano in their lineup to help protect Rizzo. I think that Sori is more important for protection of Rizzo than for winning games. Hopefully Fonzi has a good season and can get the Cubs the return they want/need at the deadline.