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Game 20: Baker meets with media

MINNEAPOLIS — Twins right-hander Scott Baker met with the media today for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in New York on April 17.

The surgery came as a surprise, as he was scheduled to undergo surgery to clean up scar tissue on his flexor pronator tendon, but Dr. David Altchek decided he also needed his ulnar collateral ligament repaired once he began the operation.

Baker, though, said he was prepped for the possibility of the Tommy John surgery, as Altchek told him there was about a 20-percent chance he’d need the procedure.

“Initially, I was pretty emotional but I think a lot of it had to do with the anesthesia,” Baker said of his first reaction. “Once it wore off and I kind of came to I was in the right frame of mind and I talked to the doctor and he explained to me what was going on I was OK with it. You can’t make any guarantees but he was fairly certain that the ligament would have gone shortly after.”

Baker, 30, said the rehab time for the surgery is expected to be nine to 12 months because the ulnar collateral ligament was not replaced. Instead, it was just strengthened with a tendon from his near his hamstring. The rehab for the originally planned surgery was expected to be six months.

Look for a longer story on Baker later tonight at

In other news, right-hander Kyle Waldrop, who is on the DL with a UCL strain, will head out to Fort Myers, Fla. tomorrow to being a rehab assignment. He’s expected to need three too four appearances in extended Spring Training before he’ll be ready to go.

First baseman Chris Parmelee also said he’s feeling fine after being hit on the helmet on Wednesday. But there’s still timetable for his return, as he’s still day to day.

Royals (5-14)
1. Jarrod Dyson, CF
2. Alex Gordon, LF
3. Billy Butler, DH
4. Eric Hosmer, 1B
5. Jeff Francoeur, RF
6. Mike Moustakas, 3B
7. Yuniesky Betancourt, 2B
8. Brayan Pena, C
9. Alcides Escobar, SS

LHP Everett Teaford (0-1, 3.86 ERA, 6.04 FIP, 7 IP, 3 K, 5 BB)

Twins (5-14)
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, SS
3. Joe Mauer, DH
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Ryan Doumit, C
6. Danny Valencia, 3B
7. Trevor Plouffe, RF
8. Ben Revere LF
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B

RHP Carl Pavano (1-2, 4.73 ERA, 4.25 FIP, 26 2/3 IP, 17 K, 5 BB)

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.

Game 11: Morneau feels fine after playing first base

NEW YORK — A day after playing first base for the first time this season, Justin Morneau said he felt just fine today.

Morneau, though, was held out of the lineup against the Yankees because of his struggles against CC Sabathia, as he’s a career .140 hitter (6-for-40) against the left-hander. Luke Hughes is making his first start of the season at first base in his place.

But Morneau said he plans on gradually playing more first base as the season goes along to eventually be back to being the club’s regular first baseman.

“I don’t know what the schedule is,” Morneau said. “It’s not going to be here on out the rest of the way. Hopefully this is the first step to being back out there every day or almost every day. The ultimate goal is always to be healthy enough to play every day. However many days over there, I’m not sure, but hopefully it’s more over there than DHing.”

In other news, left-hander Glen Perkins, who has inflammation in his left forearm, is set to meet with team physician Dr. Dan Buss early tomorrow, and if all goes well he could fly to New York to join the team in time for tomorrow’s game.

Right-hander Nick Blackburn (shoulder stiffness) is also making progress, and is on track to play catch tomorrow and throw a bullpen on Wednesday.

Right-hander Scott Baker also underwent elbow surgery at 2 p.m. in New York today. I’ll have more after the game.

Twins (3-7)
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, SS
3. Joe Mauer, DH
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Ryan Doumit, C
6. Danny Valencia, 3B
7. Trevor Plouffe, RF
8. Luke Hughes, 1B
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B

LHP Francisco Liriano (0-1, 10.00 ERA, 6.11 FIP, 10 IP, 6 K, 5 BB)

Yankees (5-5)
1. Derek Jeter, DH
2. Nick Swisher, 1B
3. Robinson Cano, 2B
4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
5. Andruw Jones, RF
6. Curtis Granderson, CF
7. Eduardo Nunez, SS
8. Brett Gardner, LF
9. Chris Stewart, C

LHP CC Sabathia (0-0, 6.75 ERA, 3.80 FIP, 12 IP, 15 K, 5 BB)

Game 5: Baker out for season

MINNEAPOLIS — Just when you thought things couldn’t get much worse for the Twins in the early going, the club announced right-hander Scott Baker will undergo surgery to repair the flexor pronator tendon in his right elbow and will miss the remainder of the season.

It’s obviously a huge blow to the rotation, and more details can be found in the full story from today.

In other news, the Twins are still searching for their first win of the season, and it’s not getting any easier, as they face Angels ace Jered Weaver today.

The Twins have never started a season with five straight losses, so we’ll see if this club can avoid that fate.

Angels (2-2)
1. Erick Aybar, SS
2. Howard Kendrick, 2B
3. Albert Pujols, 1B
4. Kendrys Morales, DH
5. Torii Hunter, RF
6. Vernon Wells, LD
7. Alberto Callaspo, 3B
8. Chris Iannetta, C
9. Peter Bourjos, CF

RHP Jered Weaver (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

Twins (0-4)
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin  Morneau, DH
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Ryan Doumit, RF
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. Chris Parmlee, 1B
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B

RHP Carl Pavano (0-1, 5.14 ERA)

Baker has an MRI on right elbow

BALTIMORE — Twins right-hander Scott Baker underwent an MRI exam on his right elbow today, a day after exiting his rehab outing with Class A Advanced Fort Myers after throwing just 11 pitches.

Twins general manager Terry Ryan said he expects to get the results later today, so stay tuned.

Baker, who is on the disabled list retroactive to Mark 27 with right elbow tendinitis, was scheduled to throw 75 pitches, but couldn’t get loose during his outing and was removed after facing just three batters.

“He didn’t feel right,” Ryan said. “When they took him out it was just because he couldn’t seem to get loose. That’s fine. So we’re going to get him an MRI to make sure.”

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he was concerned about Baker’s ability to adjust, as he had troubles on the mound after a delay due to the Opening Day ceremonies in Port Charlotte, Fla.

Baker was reportedly throwing just 80-84 mph during his outing before he was taken out with just one out in the first inning.

“Not being able to make adjustments because of your arm really bothers me,” Gardenhire said. “They had a little delay, had to sit back and wait a little bit, but not being able to in the heat, the whole package, that bothers me. He just didn’t feel right. That bothers me.”

Games 29/30: Twins earn split vs. Red Sox, Blue Jays

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins earned a split in split-squad action on Friday with a 4-1 win over the Blue Jays in Dunedin and a 9-7 loss to the Red Sox at Hammond Stadium.

The Twins host the Pirates on Saturday with right-hander Anthony Swarzak getting his second start of the spring.

What went right: Both starting pitchers fared well, as Nick Blackburn allowed two runs on five hits over five innings against the Red Sox, while Liam Hendriks gave up just one hit and a walk over five scoreless frames against the Blue Jays.

Blackburn also appears primed to start the home opener against the Angels on April 9, as Scott Baker doesn’t seem likely to be ready to start the season because of his battles with right elbow tendonitis.

Hendriks also established himself as the front-runner to start the club’s third game against the Orioles on April 8, as it doesn’t appear that Jason Marquis will be ready to go because he’s been back home tending to a family issue for more than a week.

On the offensive side, Chris Parmelee homered against the Blue Jays, and continues to make a strong case to be Minnesota’s starting first baseman come Opening Day.

And Justin Morneau had another solid day at the plate, going 1-for-3 with an RBI double while serving as designated hitter yet again. Joe Mauer also went 2-for-3 with a walk to raise his average to .367.

What went wrong: The Twins didn’t exactly pitch well against the Red Sox, as both Jeff Gray and Brian Duensing gave up three runs.

The Twins also made some sloppy plays in the field, including a boneheaded play in the seventh that allowed a run to score from second on a bunt.

Luke Hughes cooled off a bit by going 0-for-5 against Boston, but is still hitting .339 in Grapefruit League play.

What they said: “Figure the math,” Anderson said about Blackburn’s first start this season. “Five days after that, when is he throwing again? It’s the home opener.”

What’s next: Right-hander Anthony Swarzak is set to make his second Grapefruit League start on Sunday against the Pirates at Hammond Stadium. Swarzak, who has a 3.86 ERA this spring, is being stretched out in case Scott Baker and Jason Marquis aren’t ready to start the season. Right-hander Kevin Correia starts for Pittsburgh.

Injury update: Outfielder Trevor Plouffe (strained right hamstring) returned to the lineup on Friday, and went 0-for-3. … Right-hander Kyle Waldrop will be placed on the 15-day disabled list to start the season. He’s suffering from a strained right elbow. … Right-hander Scott Baker is set to pitch in a Minor League game against the Red Sox’s Triple-A club on Saturday. … An MRI taken on Alexi Casilla’s right knee revealed only inflammation. He’s day to day.

Blackburn appears set to start home opener

FORT MYERS, Fla. — After tossing five innings against the Red Sox, Twins right-hander Nick Blackburn said he wasn’t sure when he’ll make his next start.

But pitching coach Rick Anderson said Blackburn’s next outing will be against Class A Advanced Fort Myers on Wednesday, and strongly hinted that he’ll start the home opener against the Angels on April 9 at Target Field.

“Figure the math,” Anderson said. “Five days after that, when is he throwing again? It’s the home opener.”

With Blackburn apparently scheduled to start in the home opener, the Twins are getting close to setting their rotation. Right-hander Carl Pavano will start on Opening Day in Baltimore on April 6 and left-hander Francisco Liriano appears set to start in the club’s second game.

The third starter is up in the air, but right-hander Liam Hendriks is the front-runner to make that start, as Scott Baker (elbow tendonitis) and Jason Marquis (family issue) aren’t likely to be ready to open the season. The Twins don’t need a fifth starter because of the off-day on April 10.

Blackburn didn’t turn his prettiest outing of the spring on Friday, but he was happy he was able to make an in-game adjustment to bounce back after a shaky first few innings against the Red Sox.

He gave up five hits — including a two-run homer to Cody Ross in the second frame — and walked two, but got out of a few key games and settled down after the third.

Through four Grapefruit League outings, Blackburn has a 2.25 ERA with 12 strikeouts and four walks over 16 innings.

“Today was as ugly as it’s been,” Blackburn said. “I was able to do some damage control but most importantly I made an adjustment during a game. Even though this is a spring training game, you still have adrenaline facing a lineup like that, and the fact that you can make an adjustment in the game was a big thing for me right now. I don’t think I could have done that a couple years ago.”

Game 25: Baker roughed up in loss to Rays

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Right-hander Scott Baker struggled in his first start since March 6, surrendering seven runs on seven hits over 2 2/3 innings in the Twins’ 10-4 loss to the Rays on Monday at Hammond Stadium.

The Twins have a chance to snap their two-game skid when they play the Orioles in Sarasota on Tuesday. Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau are both on the travel list to play in the game.

What went right: Morneau continued to show signs that his swing is coming around, as he went 1-for-3 with a double to mark his third-straight game with an extra-base hit.

He also shed some light on why he’s been serving as DH so much this spring, as it was doctors who told him that it can help him avoid suffering any concussion-related symptoms. Look for more details in today’s notebook.

Mauer also went 1-for-3 and is hitting .333 this spring. Ryan Doumit, starting in right field, connected on his first homer of the spring in the second inning. Brian Dinkelman went 2-for-2, Ben Revere went 2-for-3 and Chris Parmelee went 1-for-1 with a walk.

Right-hander Jeff Manship was the only reliever not to allow a run, tossing 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Baker.

What went wrong: Baker simply wasn’t sharp, as he was hit hard, including a pair of homers from Ben Zobrist and Elliot Johnson. Both home runs came with two outs, and brought home a total of six runs, as Zobrist’s was a grand slam and Johnson’s was a two-run shot.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire also didn’t like Baker’s pace, as he said he was taking too long to make his pitches. On a positive note, however, Baker said his elbow felt just fine.

The Twins also made some sloppy plays, as they failed to turn a double play in the fifth inning on a groundball hit by Jose Molina. Alexi Casilla should’ve come off the bag to make the turn, but instead jumped in the air and wasn’t able to make the throw.

Joe Benson was also doubled off second base on a line drive hit by Drew Butera in the seventh inning. Benson froze on the play, but should’ve retreated back to second because the Twins were already down 7-2 at that point.

Liam Hendriks allowed a two-run homer to Cody Rogers in the eighth. But otherwise, Hendriks pitched well over four innings.

What they said: “Not to get into the medical stuff too much, but [the doctors] said before that if my body gets worn down too much, I’m more vulnerable to having the symptoms reoccur,” Morneau said about why he’s been DHing so much this spring. “The chance of going backwards is when I get worn down. I can have the fogginess and the headaches, and all that stuff can return, if my system gets too worn down. Then I’m in a vulnerable position.”

What’s next: The Twins make the trek to Sarasota to face the Orioles on Tuesday with right-hander Anthony Swarzak scheduled to make his first start of the spring. Swarzak has only been used in relief so far, posting a 6.35 ERA in 5 2/3 innings. Swarzak, who is out of Minor League options, is being stretched out in case he’s used as a long reliever to start the season. Matt Capps, Glen Perkins and Matt Maloney are also scheduled to pitch for the Twins.

Injury update: Outfielder Trevor Plouffe (strained right hamstring) is scheduled to play in a Minor League game on Wednesday. He’s slated to run the bases on Tuesday. … Infielder Sean Burroughs left Monday’s game in the sixth inning with a forearm contusion after being hit by a pitch. He’s day to day. … Outfielder Josh Willingham was a late scratch with a tweaked right ankle. He’s also day to day.

Game 25: Twins lineup vs. Rays

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins made one roster move this morning, reassigning right-hander Brendan Wise to Minor League camp.

Wise, 26, posted a 9.00 ERA over seven innings in six Grapefruit League games. The Australia native struck one, walked one and allowed two home runs.

The Twins now have 38 players in camp.

Right-hander Scott Baker starts for the Twins today to mark his first Grapefruit League start since March 6. It’ll be an important outing for Baker, who is battling elbow tendonitis and remains a candidate to start the season on the disabled list.

Baker is set to throw about 50 pitches today after throwing 23 pitches in a Minor League game on Thursday. The Twins are hopeful he’ll be able to make his scheduled start in the club’s home opener on April 9, but there’s still a chance he’ll be pushed back to April 15.

The Twins are also trotting out an interesting lineup, as Justin Morneau is at designated hitter yet again with Chris Parmelee getting the start at first. Josh Willingham is in left field with Ryan Doumit in right. Ben Revere, who appears headed to a fourth outfielder role, is on the bench.

There’s a chance this could even be the Opening Day lineup, but it’s worth remembering that Trevor Plouffe is currently out with a strained right hamstring.

Twins (13-11)
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, DH
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Ryan Doumit, RF
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. Chris Parmelee, 1B
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B

RHP Scott Baker

Twins pitchers: Liam Hendriks, Alex Burnett, Casey Fien, Jeff Gray, Jeff Manship

Rays (6-14)
1. Ben Zobrist, RF
2. Luke Scott, DH
3. Evan Longoria, 3B
4. Carlos Pena, 1B
5. Jeff Keppinger, 2B
6. Jose Molina, C
7. Elliot Johnson, SS
8. Will Rhymes, LF
9. Jesus Felciano, CF

RHP Jeff Niemann

Game 18: Liriano dominant in win over Pirates

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Left-hander Francisco Liriano tossed five no-hit innings and the Twins allowed just one hit in a 10-0 win over the Pirates at Hammond Stadium.

The Twins improved to 10-8 with the victory, and make the short trek to JetBlue Park to face the Red Sox on Monday at 12:35 p.m. CT.

What went right: Liriano looked the best he has all spring, walking just one and striking out six over five no-hit frames.

So far, Liriano has struck out 18 and walked just two in 13 Grapefruit League innings. It’s a great sign for the Twins, who need him to pitch like he did in 2010 after struggling last season with a 5.09 ERA.

Jeff Gray, Sam Deduno and Casey Fien also threw no-hit innings, while Luis Perdomo served up the Pirates’ lone hit in the eighth inning. Brandon Boggs picked up the one single with one out in the eighth, but was thrown out by Brian Dinkelman while trying to advance to second base.

The offense also looked good with 13 hits and 10 runs, as they scored five runs in both the second and seventh innings.

Jamey Carroll, who entered hitting just .043 this spring, went 2-for-3, including a two-run double down the right-field line in the second inning. Brian Dozier hit his first homer of the spring to lead off the seventh, while Ray Chang added a two-run double.

Alexi Casilla, Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Trevor Plouffe and Joe Benson each picked up an RBI on the afternoon.

What went wrong: Not much, considering the Twins outplayed the Pirates in just about every aspect of the game.

Mauer and Morneau combined to go 0-for-5 but both had RBI groundouts in the second inning with the infield playing back. Danny Valencia went 0-for-3, including a strikeout to end the first inning with the bases loaded.

Perdomo gave up the lone hit by the Pirates, but didn’t allow a baserunner to reach, as Boggs was thrown out at second.

What they said: “I said all right, I’m going to go home and hit my dog. And he goes, your dog doesn’t have anything to worry about, you won’t be hitting it too hard,” Carroll said about a funny exchange he had with Twins manager Ron Gardenhire earlier this week after another hitless game. “I needed to hear that, so it was good. I don’t have a dog, so all the animal-rights activists, it’s just a joke. But you need to hear that. You get frustrated. You want to contribute, especially on a new team. You want to play well, and I think it’s a matter of just trying to relax a little bit and let it come.”

What’s next: Right-hander Jason Marquis is set to make his fourth Grapefruit League start on Monday against the Red Sox at 12:35 p.m. CT at JetBlue Park. Marquis has allowed nine runs over 8 2/3 innings this spring. Right-handers Alex Burnett, Jared Burton, Anthony Swarzak and Jeff Manship are also scheduled to pitch for the Twins.

Injury update: Right-hander Scott Baker (elbow) faces a big test on Monday, as he’s slated to throw a bullpen at the club’s Spring Training complex before they travel down the road to play the Red Sox. Baker is expected to ramp up his intensity after throwing at about 75 percent on Saturday. … Outfielder Trevor Plouffe exited Sunday’s game against the Pirates in the seventh inning with a strained right hamstring. It’s not serious but he’s expected to be held out through at least Wednesday.