Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Baker gives thumbs up after bullpen session

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins pitching Updated: March 17, 2012 - 10:20 AM

FORT MYERS, FLA. -- Scott Baker gave two thumbs up after testing his injured right elbow with 52 pitches, including 15 warm-up tosses, in a bullpen session Saturday at Hammond Stadium.

Baker, who has been dealing with elbow tendonitis, said he was throwing with about 75-80 percent effort. He’ll have another bullpen session Monday, and if that goes well, he could be ready to start an exhibition game Thursday.

"Monday will be more of a max-effort bullpen,” Baker said. “So as long as I recover tomorrow, then that’s what we’ll do.”

Baker guessed that if all goes well, he’d probably throw about 40-45 pitches in Thursday’s game.

It remains uncertain whether he’ll be ready to make his first scheduled start of the season, in the April 9 home opener against the Angels. On Friday, Baker acknowledged that he might have to open the year on the disabled list, but either way, Saturday was a positive step.

 

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