Scott Baker To Undergo Season-Ending Operation

The Twins have announced that right-hander Scott Baker will miss the 2012 season to undergo and recover from elbow surgery,'s Rhett Bollinger reports (Twitter links). The operation will repair Baker's flexor pronator tendon and rehab will take six months. Fortunately for Baker, his ulnar collateral ligament is fine.

Baker, 30, also dealt with elbow problems in 2010-11. The Twins shut him down during Spring Training and he left a minor league game after feeling discomfort last week, according to La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Baker pitched 134 2/3 innings last year, posting a 3.14 ERA with 8.2 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9. The Twins have a $9.25MM club option for his services in 2013 under an extension signed before the 2009 season. They may face a difficult decision this fall, when they have to exercise the option or let Baker walk.

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  1. I hope the Twins offense is good, because our pitching is going to be very bad this season. This just makes our staff even thinner.

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

       No offense to Twins fans, but it was bad anyway.

      I hope they begin going with pitchers, unlike Baker, Pavano, Blackburn etc as a rotational foundation. It was a recipe for disaster from the beginning.

      • Of course it was a bad situation to begin with. They had two injury-prone starters, three other mediocre starters, and a bullpen that may or may not have panned out. At this point, the best option is to keep Hendriks in the rotation, and maybe sign Roy Oswalt.

        • jwsox 3 years ago

          My guess is Roy is going to hold out until a contender call. Not the twins

          • Probably, but you never know. 

          • Tad_Knackers 3 years ago

            Yes, you DO know.

            It won’t be the Twins.  Minnesotans need to be realistic and get their heads out of the clouds.  If you want to “dream big”, think more along the lines of somebody like Joel Piniero (who just signed a minor-league contract with the O’s).  Maybe Armando Galarraga, who the O’s released?  That’s somebody of the Twins’ caliber.  No All-Stars, but AAAA guys instead. This will help you out: Does the player that the Twins want have any interest from other teams in baseball? If YES, the Twins will not sign him. If NO, he will consider signing with the Twins.

          • Sky14 3 years ago

            Brilliant! Sign older AAAA pitchers to replace the younger ones currently on the roster.

          • Tad_Knackers 3 years ago

            Those are the only players that will want to sign with the Twins.  My point was they have no chance at at even average starting pitchers, let alone somebody on Roy Oswalt’s level.  The Twins need to sign minor league free agents and just hope for the best.

          • johnsilver 3 years ago

             Hope they don’t go calling for yet another of those rubbish throwers they already have (had) a rotation full of already in John Lannan from Washington.

            Why pay someone 5m like that, much less give anything up when the Twins probably have something (anything) at AAA who can take Baker’s place and do as good as Lannan.

            There has to be more rotational pieces like Pinero, Ohlendorf etc.. floating around and something else to remember.. There will be several pitchers we will all recognize by name who are sitting at AAA level right now with opt out dates in May, April etc.. Some will be seeing this Twins situation (example) and notice a possible chance.

            Ohlendorf and Aaron Cook are just 2 with opt out dates coming up by the 1st couple of weeks in May and there has to be many more.

            Carlos Silva is also around, he was released the 2nd week of ST with some kind of injury issue, though forget what exactly it was.

  2. toddcoffeytime 3 years ago

    Its impossible not to feel bad for Scott Baker.

    •  Indeed.  Always one of my favorite pitchers.  Average stuff, but when he was right his command was phenomenal.

  3. I’m LOVING my season ticket investment right now.

    • Tad_Knackers 3 years ago

      Why’d you make it in the first place?  That could have been used on approximately 716 more important things than the Minnesota Twins.

      • MetsMagic 3 years ago

        So…how do you feel about the Twins chances this season? 

  4. game_7_1991 3 years ago

    If the boys don’t kick it in gear by the middle of May, Gardy could very well be the first manager fired this year. 

    • $1529282 3 years ago

      Right, it’s Gardenhire’s fault that the rotation is composed of #5 starters and the farm system is torched because they’ve lost the ability to scout and effectively develop players.

      I don’t like Gardenhire personally, but you’re completely and utterly delusional if you think the Twins would EVER fire him. He’s got the job until he decides he doesn’t want it anymore, and you can’t blame 2011 or the impending train wreck of 2012 on him.

      • One hundred percent agree. I’m so sick and tired of this “defense and chemistry” ball the team tries to build around. Ironically, I was at the game tonight and saw Willingham and Doumit flat out embarrass themselves in the outfield, and Span really isn’t a great CF himself either. Obviously those are important aspects, but World Series are won from aces and big bats! I mean, it’s like the Twins have avoided top talent and played wayyyy too conservatively in the draft. However, Sano looks to be a bright spot for the future, until Gardenhire decides he doesn’t like him because he boots a ball in Spring Training and can actually hit over 20 homeruns.

  5. Stuart Brown 3 years ago

    Incredibly disappointing. He was phenomenal last year (albeit in only 23 games, 21 starts).

  6. nentwigs 3 years ago

    Scott, We’ll check in to see how you do with your new team in 2013 by checking in with the MLB Disabled List.  Bring on the kids. 

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