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 to see Altchek for second opinion on his elbow

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins pitching Updated: April 6, 2012 - 8:35 PM

BALTIMORE -- The Twins announced tonight that the results of Scott Baker's MRI exam today were similar "structurally" to the one he had in July 2011 -- when he spent 18 days on the disabled list with a right elbow strain -- and that he plans to get a second opinion next week from Dr. David Altchek in New York.

Altchek is the doctor who performed Tommy John surgery on former Twins closer Joe Nathan and prospect Kyle Gibson, among others. But the good news is that, according to the Twins, there doesn't appear to be enough structural damage to keep Baker out for a long time, and if Altchek feels the same, the righthander could resume pitching again soon.

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