March 17, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Scott Baker (32) throws in the first inning during a spring training game against the Oakland Athletics at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Scott Baker will make his Chicago Cubs debut on Sunday


When the Chicago Cubs signed Scott Baker, I was sorta surprised by the decision.

The guy is coming off of Tommy John surgery from 2011 as he missed the entire 2012 season. So it will be his first major league game on Sunday since his surgery. At first I thought he would be placed in the bullpen since there wasn’t any room for him to fit in the starting rotation.

But the Cubbies decided to give Baker a shot at the rotation and squeezed him in, pushing the start of Travis Wood back to Monday. Which isn’t all that bad, right now we are in no position to compete for anything but a high draft pick in next years draft.

Baker’s velocity somewhat fell off during his rehab assignment as he posted a 5.46 ERA with just 16 strikeouts over 29 2/3 innings. He allowed his opponents to hit .297 against him, which has me a little concerned.

So now that he has been announced as the starter against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, we will finally get a look at the former Minnesota Twin.

The man careers a career 63-48 record with a 4.15 ERA and 770 strikeouts.

 

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