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7/28 Baker to start Monday

Scott Baker, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, will make his fourth Minor League start on Monday, moving up to Class A Daytona. Baker gave up three runs on five hits over three innings in his third rehab start for Class A Kane County last Wednesday. In three outings with Class A Kane County, he’s been charged with 13 runs on 17 hits and six walks over 8 2/3 innings.

7/25 Minor matters

Wednesday’s games

Brooks Raley gave up one run over seven innings, but didn’t get a decision as Iowa lost, 2-1, to New Orleans in 10 innings. Raley struck out six and walked three. Brad Nelson had three hits. Jake Arrieta, who could start one of the Cubs’ games Tuesday against the Brewers, is scheduled to start Thursday against New Orleans.

Dae-Eun Rhee struck out six and gave up one run over five innings in Tennessee’s 6-1 win over Huntsville. Javier Baez, Justin Bour and Rafael Lopez each homered. For Baez, it was his second home run in as many games, and gave him 17 combined this season. Baez also hit a double, and was batting .219 at Tennessee. Tony Zych worked a scoreless ninth, and has not given up a run in his last 10 appearances.

Daytona’s game against St. Lucie was canceled because of rain and unplayable field conditions.

Scott Baker gave up three runs on five hits over three innings in his third rehab start as Kane County lost, 5-1, to Beloit. Baker walked two and struck out two. He’s given up 13 runs on 17 hits over 8 2/3 innings. Rock Shoulders and Reggie Golden each had two hits.

Kris Bryant went 1-for-4, hitting his first double, in Boise’s 5-1 loss to Eugene. Jacob Rogers had two hits and Jacob Hannemann hit a double and scored a run.

Mesa had Wednesday off, and returns to action Thursday against the Athletics.

7/20 Minor matters

Josh Vitters was 2-for-4, hitting a home run and driving in two, in his first game back from the DL in Iowa’s 10-4 loss to Round Rock. Brooks Raley took the loss, giving up five runs over 4 2/3 innings.

Arismendy Alcantara hit a walkoff RBI double in the 10th to lift Tennessee to a 3-2 win over Jacksonville. Matt Szczur scored from first base on the hit. Javier Baez hit his fourth home run. Zach Rosscup picked up the win in relief.

Ivan Pineyro, whom the Cubs acquired from the Nationals in the Scott Hairston deal, gave up four hits and struck out three over six scoreless innings for Daytona in a game halted by rain. The two teams will resume play in the top of the seventh on Saturday.

Scott Baker gave up six runs over 2 2/3 innings in Kane County’s 8-6 loss to Great Lakes. Baker admittedly scuffled during his second rehab start. After 60 pitches, six runs, six hits, three walks and one strikeout, all Baker knew was his mechanics were off.

“I’ve been doing this for awhile, so I know to sit here and dwell over this outing or try to read into it too much just really is not going to do myself any good,” Baker told reporters. “Just try to make the adjustments, focus on the things that I need to work on, and really that’s all that matters right now.”

Gioskar Amaya and Jeimer Candelario each homered, and Dan Vogelbach had two hits and scored a run.

Dillon Maples gave up one run on three hits over three innings in Boise’s 9-2 win over Everett. David Bote hit two home runs, and finished with three RBIs. Lance Rymel had three hits, including a double, and one RBI. Cael Brockmeyer had three hits and three RBIs.

Mesa had Friday off, and returns to action Saturday against the Angels.

7/14 Scott Baker update

Scott Baker, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, made his first Minor League start on Sunday, pitching three innings for Class A Kane County.
Baker gave up four runs on six hits and one walk while striking out two against West Michigan, and was lifted after 56 pitches. All of the runs came in the first inning, including two on a two-run homer. Baker was expected to make at least three more Minor League starts, and if all goes well, could join the Cubs in about a month.

7/11 Baker to make rehab start

Scott Baker, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, will start for Class A Kane County on Sunday, and if all goes well, could join the Cubs rotation in August.
Baker threw a bullpen at Wrigley Field on Thursday, his final tuneup before he starts against West Michigan in his first real game action. He did make one Cactus League start March 17 but was shut down after that, and diagnosed with a strained elbow.

“[Thursday] was better than what I saw the last time, before he had the setback,” Dale Sveum said. “He was letting it go his last 10, 15 pitches. I don’t think he’s ever going to exert himself on the mound too much until it counts. It was coming out of his hand pretty easy. Everything is going really well now.”

Baker was expected to make four Minor League rehab starts, and if he continues to progress, will give the Cubs a fresh arm for the final two months of the season. That may be key if the Cubs deal Matt Garza by the Trade Deadline.

He had the surgery in April 2012, and had hoped to be ready for the start of the 2013 season. But after the setback in March, Baker apologized to Cubs executives, including general manager Jed Hoyer.

“My reasoning for that was I don’t want anybody to ever think I didn’t have the intention of being a servicable pitcher right from the beginning of the season,” Baker said. “I guess [apologizing] wasn’t necessary but I wanted them to know [the setback] happened, and it stinks, but I did everything I could to be ready for the start of the season.”

Even though Baker hasn’t thrown a pitch yet for the Cubs, Hoyer said they would consider bringing the right-hander back in 2014.

“There’s no secret that there’s a lot of great things going on here,” Baker said. “You go through different phases in your career. I’ve been hurt and things have been taken away from me, and I want to be with a team and an organization that is trying to win, and there’s no question that is going on here.”

– Carrie Muskat

7/10 Cubs better prepared for roster makeover

A year ago at the Trade Deadline, the Cubs dealt two of their starters, lost another to injury, and then shut down another in early September. They had to scramble to fill in the gaps. This year, the Cubs have already traded one starter — Scott Feldman — and Matt Garza could also change uniforms by the July 31 deadline. But this year, the Cubs feel they’re better prepared to handle the moves.

“There’s no question the pitching staff we ran out there in September [2012] was short,” GM Jed Hoyer said Wednesday. “I think we feel a lot better about that. We have more depth in the Minor Leagues, more depth on the Major League roster. It was hard to watch [last year]. … Shutting down [Jeff] Samardzija was incredibly hard because we didn’t have anyone to fill in for him.”

The Cubs expect Scott Baker, who has been rehabbing from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, to be ready in about a month. Jake Arrieta, acquired from the Orioles in the Feldman deal, also could start. Plus, they already have Carlos Villanueva, who has gone from the rotation to the ‘pen and back to the rotation.

Chris Rusin and Brooks Raley, who both made their Major League debuts last season, also have another year of experience.

“There’s obviously no question we’re much more equipped than last year,” manager Dale Sveum said.

Garza is the prime pitcher on the trade market, and Hoyer acknowledged that he has received a lot of interest.

“There’s obviously a lot of incoming phone calls,” Hoyer said. “There’s a lot about Matt, obviously, but a lot about other players on the team, too. I think in general in the game, phone traffic has picked up. I feel there’s a lot of interest in our players. The team is playing well, and a lot of our individual players are playing well. I think that’s a big part of it.”

Scouts also are keeping an eye on closer Kevin Gregg and outfielder Nate Schierholtz.

– Carrie Muskat

7/9 Injury updates

Brian Bogusevic, sidelined since July 4 with tightness in his left hamstring, could be back in the Cubs lineup in time to face the Cardinals on Thursday.

“He’s pretty close,” Dale Sveum said of Bogusevic, who was batting .290 before he was injured. “It looks like the way things have gone the last couple days, by the Cardinals series on Thursday, he should be ready to play in a game. I think he’s at the point where he can pinch-hit and stay on the bases instead of using a pitcher to pinch-run before.”

Catcher Welington Castillo also was feeling better after being scratched from Monday’s game because he was feeling ill because of dehydration.

David DeJesus, on the disabled list since June 15 with a sprained right shoulder, was making progress, and able to hit in the cage and throw.

“It’s getting there,” DeJesus said Tuesday. “There are some movements that are like, ‘oh,’ [and it reminds me] something happened. I have to keep it tight.”

He’s tinkering with his hitting now.

“We’re trying to find a swing that doesn’t bother it but still not make a whole new swing out there,” he said. “We have to find what works best.”

Scott Baker, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, threw four innings in his fourth simulated game on Tuesday in Mesa, Ariz. The next step could be pitching in a Minor League game for the right-hander. If all goes well, Baker could join the Cubs in one month.

– Carrie Muskat

4/13 Extra bases

* Scott Feldman, bothered by tightness in his back, will take advantage of Monday’s off day and be skipped one turn in the Cubs rotation. Feldman was originally scheduled to start Wednesday against his former team, the Rangers, in the second game of an Interleague series, but now will not start until Saturday when the Cubs are playing the Brewers at Miller Park. The Cubs’ rotation against the Rangers now will be Travis Wood, Carlos Villanueva and Jeff Samardzija.

* Second baseman Darwin Barney flew to Des Moines on Saturday to begin a Minor League rehab assignment. Barney, out since March 30 with a left knee laceration, was expected to play Saturday, Sunday and Monday for the Triple-A Iowa team, and rejoin the Cubs on Tuesday. Barney was injured sliding into the right field wall at Minute Maid Park on March 30.

* Third baseman Ian Stewart was headed to Iowa on Saturday and will begin a rehab assignment on Sunday. He did not play in any Cactus League games because of a strained left quad, injured in the first intrasquad game Feb. 21.

* Scott Baker, still rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, which he had one year ago, was in Chicago to be re-examined by team orthopedic specialist Dr. Stephen Gryzlo. Baker has been training at the Cubs’ facility in Mesa, Ariz. There’s no timetable for his return.

* Steve Clevenger could start at third base Sunday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Giants. Clevenger made his first start on Friday, and cleanly handled the balls hit to him. He made the Cubs’ Opening Day roster last year as a backup catcher.

“I’ll put Clevenger at third again [Sunday] and see what happens,” manager Dale Sveum said. “He can swing the bat. He gives you that left-handed bat that changes the way a pitcher pitches and gets pitch count up.”

Clevenger was a middle infielder before he was converted to catcher in the Cubs’ Minor League system.

* Giants manager Bruce Bochy presented Nate Schierholtz with his 2012 World Series ring while San Francisco was taking batting practice on Saturday. Schierholtz came up in the Giants organization, winning a ring in 2010. He was with the Giants until July 31 when he was dealt to the Phillies for Hunter Pence.

* Congrats to Garrett Camp, 5 1/2 year old son of Cubs pitcher Shawn Camp, who scored three goals for his soccer team on Friday in a 4-3 win. Garrett now has seven goals for the season.

– Carrie Muskat

3/25 Baker calls setback a “speed bump”

Scott Baker was relieved to find out there was nothing structurally wrong with his right elbow, and all he needs to do is rest and let the muscle strain heal. Baker had an MRI on his elbow after feeling some discomfort following his first and only Cactus League start March 17. He was examined Sunday by team orthopedic specialist Dr. Stephen Gryzlo.

“It’s always nice to have some clarity when dealing with an injury,” Baker said Monday. “Any type of setback is not fun and there’s never good timing for any sort of setback, but knowing what we’re dealing with helps us deal with it better, obviously. With the type of injury it is, Doc likened it to a scab. You can’t pick at it, you have to let it heal and rest and get back after it after that.”

Baker said he felt great during all of his throwing sessions leading up to the game. He’s coming back from Tommy John surgery, and the good news is that he doesn’t need any additional surgery. That was a relief.

“You can tell yourself as much as you want that’s not the case, but until the doctor sits there and shows you you’re fine, it definitely feels good to know the surgery took care of the original problem and this is a little speed bump,” Baker said.

There is no timetable, and Baker said he will be a good patient and do what the medical staff says. He doesn’t go back to zero in his work, but can continue to condition his lower half and core. He’ll work on strengthening his right shoulder, and when it’s ready, strengthen the elbow.

He had hoped to return in mid April, which would have been the one-year anniversary of the procedure.

“It is disappointing in the fact that one, I feel like I’ve sit out enough,” Baker said. “I don’t want to sit out any more than I have to. To sit here and say it’s going to be at least a month more than we originally anticipated, it’s tough. I’ve come this far. I’m not about to give up or give in. I’m just going to continue to try to get ready to pitch at whatever point during the season it is.”

– Carrie Muskat

3/24 Baker shut down with elbow strain

Cubs pitcher Scott Baker had hoped to pitch in a big league game on the one-year anniversary of his Tommy John surgery. Instead, he’ll have to delay his return.
Baker, who has been shut down since his only Cactus League start March 17, was examined on Sunday and diagnosed with a strained right elbow. The right-hander will not throw for at least one month, and then be re-evaluated at that point. Baker had the procedure done last April, and had optimistically hoped to be pitching in a Major League game next month.

Cubs orthopedic specialist Dr. Stephen Gryzlo, who examined Baker on Sunday, also checked on starter Matt Garza, who has not thrown off the mound since Feb. 17 because of a strained left lat. Garza was making progress, and on pace to throw his first bullpen the first week of April.

The Cubs have slotted Travis Wood and Carlos Villanueva into the rotation to fill Baker’s and Garza’s spots. Next in line would be Chris Rusin, who started on Sunday against the Indians.

“We do have the luxury with the depth we have,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Sunday. “It is obviously a setback [with Baker] but it’s not to where he won’t be able to pitch this season.”

Baker had felt some discomfort after throwing 23 pitches against the Athletics, and the good news is that the problem won’t require any additional surgery, which had been the intial fear.

– Carrie Muskat

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