Baker recovering nicely from Tommy John surgery

Baker recovering nicely from Tommy John surgery

MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Scott Baker, who underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on April 17, said Saturday that he's making good progress with his rehab.

Baker threw for the first time since the surgery on Wednesday and said the plan is to throw every other day moving forward as part of his rehab.

"It's a progression," Baker said. "I feel like this is the long part. You get back to being able to throw and that ligament has to properly stretch out. I think people in the past have tried to speed up the process, but it doesn't work. Nine months is as fast as it's going to go."

Baker remains hopeful he'll be able to make a return early next season, but it might not be with the Twins, as the club holds a $9.25 million option for next season that they're all but certain not to exercise. But Baker said he's not thinking about that right now and is focusing on getting his elbow healthy instead.

"It's exciting enough where I don't have to look too far ahead," Baker said. "In saying that, as good as I feel right now, I can't imagine airing it out right now. It's a re-education of the muscles. But I'm happy. It's exciting, but I know it's still a long way to go."