Baker will start on Monday

Baker will start on Monday

MINNEAPOLIS -- Scott Baker looks and feels good for his next start scheduled for Monday against the Indians, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said on Friday.

Baker had a cortisone shot in his right elbow because of tendinitis last Friday and has been monitored since. He threw a bullpen session on Friday, which Gardenhire said went really well.

"He did fantastic," Gardenhire said of Baker. "We were concerned about that because [the soreness] could still be there, but it's not. He says he feels great today. He was letting it fly and threw a bullpen session with no restrictions, so that was a really good sign for us."

The Twins are looking forward to Baker's next start and will continue to watch his pitch count -- as they do with all of their starters -- to make sure he is staying on track and doesn't take a step backward.

Baker will go up against the Indians' Aaron Laffey on Monday.