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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