Cubs’ Baker sent for MRIContinue reading.
Rough debut for Cubs’ Baker
MESA, Ariz. — Cubs right-hander Scott Baker faced only six batters in his anticipated Cactus League debut against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday – recording just one out before running out of pitches.
“Trust me, there was some nerves out there,” he said. “I haven’t done it in a while.”
Baker, who is weeks behind the other starters in camp as he continues a cautious and steady rehab since Tommy John surgery last year, allowed three runs on Chris Young’s three-run homer three batters into the game.
He also gave up two singles and two walks.
“The results are one thing, but getting back out there and pitching in front of fans is something I hadn’t done yet,” he said. “It was exciting to get out there and do that today. I feel like I made some decent pitches. Occasionally, I got a little jumpy and left the ball up a little bit. …
“I was throwing all of my pitches today. Did I locate as well as I’d like to? No. but that’s part of the process, too. It’s another step.”
Baker, who missed all of last season because of the elbow, was pitching in his first official spring game since last year and still is expected to make his season debut in mid-April.
“Nothing has changed,” he said. “I am scheduled to start every fifth day, and it is up to the medical staff and coaching staff to make those decisions.”
He was signed as a free agent to a one-year, $5.5 million deal in the fall.