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Updated: July 17th, 2011 4:30pm
Twins place Scott Baker on DL; Chuck James, Scott Diamond called up

Twins place Scott Baker on DL; Chuck James, Scott Diamond called up

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Add right-hander Scott Baker to the long list of Minnesota Twins players placed on the disabled list this season.

The team announced the move following Sunday's 4-3 win over the Kansas City Royals, as Baker did not feel confident enough in his strained right elbow to make his scheduled start in Monday's doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians.

The move is retroactive to July 7, which means Baker would be eligible to return on Friday.

"(Baker) during the course of the game and earlier today talked about he was really unsure whether he was going to be able to go in the start," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Thought he could pitch, but he didn't know the ramifications after he pitched how that would come into play and if he'd be really sore and end up having to miss starts after it. When a player tells me something like that we're not even going to take a chance. ...

"He wanted to pitch, but it just wasn't going to work out."

Gardenhire added, "Anytime a pitcher's uncertain whether he can go or not you just have to back off here. There's no risk you can take, if he says he's unsure of it then so are we. ...

"There's no way I can put him out on the mound if he's not sure he can start, so that's just the way you have to go here. I can't risk that, him going out and hurting himself out on the mound and costing us a month. It's not going to happen."

Along with placing Baker on the DL, the Twins optioned infielder Matt Tolbert to Rochester, making room for left-handers Chuck James and Scott Diamond, who was added to the open 40-man roster slot.

Diamond, who owns a 4.70 ERA with 68 strikeouts and 30 walks 17 Triple-A starts this season, will make his major league debut in the nightcap on Monday.

James pitched five scoreless innings in his first stint with the Twins this season, striking out two, walking two and allowing only one hit. James owns a 2.25 ERA in 40 Triple-A innings with 48 strikeouts to 18 walks.

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