Scott Baker has struggled with pain in his pitching elbow for more than a year, and the right-hander finally will have surgery to fix the problem. The injury, and the surgery, couldn't have come at a worse time for Baker or the Minnesota Twins.
Baker will have surgery to repair the flexor pronator tendon in his right elbow, the team announced on Wednesday. He will miss the entire season while rehabbing, which puts the Twins' rotation in a serious bind and throws his pitching future into flux. Baker will be a free agent after this season, and the injury could severely impact the 30-year-old's value on the open market.
The tendon has bothered Baker for the past couple of seasons and he says he can no longer pitch through the pain. He got a second opinion this week and was told he needed surgery, which requires six months of rehab.