Finally, a bit of good news for the Chicago Cubs.
Starting pitcher Scott Baker, who experienced some problems with his right elbow during his first Spring Training start on March 17, doesn’t have any damage to his arm, according to his most recent MRI. The right-handed pitcher underwent Tommy John surgery as a member of the Minnesota Twins in 2012, and is in the process of making his comeback on the mound with the Cubs this year.
More good news: Baker will not need any additional surgery on his arm; he is to continue resting so the muscle strain can heal, according to MLB.com.
Although this is a bit of a setback for Baker’s recovery process, the 31-year-old pitcher is in good spirits and confident about returning to the mound this season. ”I’ve come this far. I’m not about to give up or give in,” Baker said recently in an interview with Cubs.com. “I’m just going to continue to try to get ready to pitch at whatever point during the season it is.”
The Cubs report that Baker will continue to work on strengthening his shoulder as the season begins, hoping to get the pitcher ready to start a game as soon as possible. There is still not estimated date for his return, but Baker is insistent on following the doctor’s orders to speed up his recovery process.
The two major questions that everyone wants to know are will Baker make a strong enough recovery from major arm surgery to help the Cubs in 2013, and when will he make his return?
Only time will tell as the Cubs continue to monitor the progress of their hopeful starting pitcher.