Baker slated to pitch next in Minors game

Baker slated to pitch next in Minors game

Baker slated to pitch next in Minors game
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twins right-hander Scott Baker reported no problems after throwing a 47-pitch bullpen session Monday morning at the Lee County Sports Complex.

Baker, who is dealing with right elbow tendonitis, was watched over by pitching coach Rick Anderson and head trainer Rick McWane during his workout. But after throwing all of his pitches -- his fastball, curveball and changeup -- Baker said he had no problems with his elbow and plans on pitching in a Minor League game on Thursday.

"It feels good," Baker said. "I got after it at a pretty good intensity, at least as much as I'm able to in a bullpen session. So we'll go to the next progression, which we'll be throwing a few innings on the Minor League side. Obviously, we have to see how I wake up [Tuesday], but I don't foresee any problems because of how it felt today."

Baker is scheduled to pitch two innings in a Minor League game on Thursday. His last start was on March 10 in a "B" game against the Pirates, when he threw 43 pitches in two innings of work.

There's still a possibility Baker lands on the disabled list to start the year because he might not build up to the proper pitch count by the time the season begins. He was slated to start the club's home opener against the Angels on April 9.

But Baker remains optimistic, especially considering he felt fine during Monday's bullpen session after throwing at about 75 percent in his bullpen session on Saturday. The Twins, however, are stretching out Liam Hendriks, Matt Maloney and Anthony Swarzak just in case Baker lands on the disabled list.

"I've got a little routine that I usually do for my [bullpen sessions] and my warmups before I pitch in a game," Baker said. "So, basically, I did that, and then threw to three or four hitters at the end with good intensity. That's the only thing I know to do to test it. I think that still allows you to get loose as you would in a game and then you test it."