The results of the MRI exam were very similar to the one Baker received last July, when he missed 18 games with a strained flexor muscle.
Baker is set to get a second opinion from Dr. David Altchek in New York early next week, but the Twins are hopeful Baker will be back on the mound soon, after he exited after making just 11 pitches in a rehab start with Class A Advanced Fort Myers on Thursday.
"It's good news," Ryan said. "Depending on what that second opinion says, that's good news on our front. At least there's not any more damage. It's very similar to what it showed last July, which is a good thing. I wouldn't think he has to be shut down at all, but let's wait until we get that second opinion. I don't know exactly what it's going to show. I hope it's about the same."
In the meantime, Baker won't throw off a mound again until he meets with Dr. Altchek. Baker is currently on the disabled list retroactive to March 27, with right elbow tendinitis.