Baker undergoes surprise Tommy John surgery
NEW YORK — In a surprise development, right-hander Scott Baker underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow earlier today in New York, the club announced during tonight’s game against the Yankees.
Baker was originally scheduled to have season-ending surgery to clean up scar tissue on his flexor pronator tendon, but Dr. David Altchek decided that Baker also needed to have his ulnar collateral ligament repaired.
“Scott Baker had successful Tommy John Surgery to repair his UCL,” the team said in a statement. “The surgery was performed by Dr. Altchek in New York.”
The expected recovery time from Tommy John surgery is generally 12 months, which means there’s a chance Baker could be ready in time for the start of the 2013 season. Baker was originally scheduled to need six months of rehab before the decision was made to repair his UCL.
Today’s news came as a surprise, as Baker said during his press conference on Wednesday that he was told by doctors that his UCL was fine.
There’s also no guarantee Baker will be back with the Twins, as the club holds a $9.25 million option for next year. It’s unlikely the Twins will exercise the option, but there’s a chance the club could re-sign him at a discounted price.
Twins general manager Terry Ryan is scheduled to with the media after tonight’s game at Yankee Stadium.