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Updated: October 28th, 2010 3:55pm
After minor elbow surgery, Baker expected back for spring training

After minor elbow surgery, Baker expected back for spring training

by Phil Mackey
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Minnesota Twins right-hander Scott Baker, who underwent minor elbow surgery last week in New York, is expected to be ready in time for spring training after a 6-8 week recovery, according to general manager Bill Smith.

The surgery -- described by Smith as a "cleanout" -- was performed by Dr. David Altcheck, and the procedure was similar to the one Nick Blackburn underwent recently.

Altcheck, some might remember, is the same doctor who performed Joe Nathan's Tommy John surgery last spring.

Baker received cortisone shots twice this summer to help relieve elbow tendinitis.

He started 29 games and posted a 4.49 ERA with 148 strikeouts and 43 walks in 170 1/3 innings -- his worst ERA since 2006 (6.37) and fewest innings pitched since 2007 (143 2/3).

In 2011, Baker will enter the third year of a four-year, $15.25 million contract.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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