Baker scheduled to return Wednesday
Right-hander in line to make first start against Blue Jays
CHICAGO -- Twins right-hander Scott Baker is now scheduled to start Wednesday's game against Toronto following his successful Minor League outing on Friday night, manager Ron Gardenhire confirmed Saturday.Baker, who is currently on the disabled list with right shoulder stiffness, will throw a bullpen session in Fort Myers, Fla., on Sunday and then will fly to Minneapolis in the afternoon to meet the team upon its return from Chicago. Baker threw seven innings and allowed one run on five hits for Class A Fort Myers in his Minor League start against the Port Charlotte Stone Crabs on Friday night. He threw 70 pitches in the outing, but went to the bullpen after he left the game to throw 15-20 more pitches, Gardenhire said. "Rather than sticking him out there for the eighth inning, they went ahead and just did it down [in the bullpen]," Gardenhire said. "They thought he was fine, just get him out of there. That's OK." The Twins will not have to make a roster move to add Baker until Wednesday when he is scheduled to start. He'll take the place of R.A. Dickey in the rotation, but it's unclear yet what the roster move will be. The club is currently carrying 12 pitchers, so Baker is expected to take the place of one of the pitchers on the roster.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.