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Updated: July 7th, 2011 4:59pm
MRI for Scott Baker shows only mild flexor strain

MRI for Scott Baker shows only mild flexor strain

by Phil Mackey
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CHICAGO -- The Minnesota Twins can breathe a sigh of relief.

An MRI on Scott Baker's right elbow came back mostly clean, showing only a mild flexor strain. To be cautious, Baker will miss his next scheduled start on Sunday, and he will not throw until after the All-Star break, but in a season filled with injuries the Twins are fortunate this is only a mild strain.

Baker, who did not travel with the team to Chicago, left Tuesday's start after only five innings after feeling discomfort in his throwing elbow, but he downplayed the severity after the game.

Baker has been the Twins' best starting pitcher through three months, posting a 3.01 ERA with 104 strikeouts to only 30 walks in 110 2/3 innings.

Right-hander Anthony Swarzak will start Sunday in Baker's place.

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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In this story: Scott Baker, Anthony Swarzak