9/6 Baker to start Sunday

Scott Baker will get to start after all. The right-handed pitcher, who has spent the season rehabbing from Tommy John surgery in April 2012, will start Sunday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Brewers at Wrigley Field.

“They definitely valued my opinion,” Baker said of the conversation he had with Dale Sveum and pitching coach Chris Bosio. “I said I feel like I need to pitch, I want to pitch. I appreciate the opportunity to get back out there. It’s going to be fun for sure.”

Baker, 31, said his family would be at the game at Wrigley Field.

“It’s been a long while since I started a Major League game, and there’s definitely a lot to be excited about,” he said. “Regardless of the results, I think you go out there and do the best you can and enjoy it. You never know when things are going to be taken away from you. You appreciate every start.”

His last big league start was Aug. 8, 2011, for the Twins. He made two relief appearances after that in September 2011.

“He’s done everything we’ve asked and worked his butt off,” Sveum said Friday. “There haven’t been any setbacks and I think he deserves a chance to start. We’ll see what happens when the third deck [of the stadium] gets on there. He’ll be the first one to say his stuff doesn’t have the life but you put the third deck on a stadium, and find out with the adrenaline and all that. I think he deserves the right to do that.”

The Cubs signed Baker to a one-year, $5.5 million contract this year, and there is no option for 2014. Baker isn’t looking too far ahead.

“We had conversations about what to do next and they value my opinion,” Baker said. “I thought it was important for me to pitch and pitch through September. I just told them there’s no way I can sit here and say I want to not pitch in a Major League game after going through this rehab process for two seasons. I’m just excited.”

– Carrie Muskat

6 Comments

Well….as long as he will have fun, why not. SOMEBODY might as well have fun. It’s certainly not Watkins…

5.5 Million for 1 start?? LMAO
Being fair, I know Baker was re-injured trying to come back to fast in Spring Training. However, that was on him. After this season he is a FA again, so why does he get this start?
It will not help the Cubs, will it help Baker get a bigger contract from someone? I doubt it!
I would rather Baker be fair with the Cubs after his 5.5 million non productive year. Sign a Minor League contract, incentive based type for next year, then we put you in the rotation. If not, guys we might use next year get the starts.

Just the front office showing off its wares. Can’t sell anything by hiding it. Could be billed as the highest paid pitcher for one day of baseball. That should draw a crowd.

Its too late to sell anyway Diamondjim. Who would trade for a FA the last month of the season? Especially a guy that has only made one start? There isnt anything to sell.

This is Poppy. Who wants to have some fun? Baker is pitching for his next contract, which will make Sunday just like Game 6 of the World Series for him. There will be so much pressure on him, he will either rise to the occasion (rise, baker, GET IT???) or crack under pressure and decided he never wanted to play baseball anyway and go back to school to earn his degree in Psychology instead. So I predict Baker will either throw a perfect game and immediately demand and 10 year contract, or he will become the next Dr. Fraser and have his own radio show that you will need to call in to because you need to get some help. Because I said so!

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