Scott Baker To Undergo Elbow Surgery, Out For The Year

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 6: Scott Baker #30 of the Minnesota Twins reacts after giving up a two-run home run during the first inning to Asdrubal Cabrera #13 (not shown) of the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on June 6, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Twins beat the Indians 6-4. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Twins and Scott Baker announced (via Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com) the MRI results of Baker's right elbow showed a tear in his flexor pronator tendon, meaning surgery is required to fix the tear and keep Baker from pitching for the remainder of the year.

Baker told reporters he would like to remain with the club beyond this year, but his future right now is certainly up in the air. The Twins hold a $9 million club option for the 30-year-old, but I can't see the club exercising the option. The Twins drafted Baker in the 2nd round of the 2003 draft and has been with the club his whole career.

Bollinger also says the Twins will replace Baker internally. Jason Marquis is set to join the rotation in the near future, but the club will also consider two of their younger pitchers for the job in Liam Hendriks and Anthony Swarzak.

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