Baker to be examined by club's orthopedic specialist

Baker to be examined by club's orthopedic specialist

MESA, Ariz. -- Cubs pitcher Scott Baker, shut down after his only Cactus League start because of soreness in his right elbow, was to be examined by the team orthopedic specialist on Sunday. The good news is Baker has no more pain.

Baker, who underwent Tommy John surgery in April 2012, has not thrown since March 17 when he threw 23 pitches against the Athletics. He had an MRI on his elbow the next day.

"It's a positive sign that it's responded to the medication and the treatment," Baker said. "We'll let [Dr. Stephen Gryzlo] get his hands on me and see what he has to say.

"I'm happy with the progress it's made," he said.

Baker, expected to open the season on the disabled list, hasn't seen the MRI but said he expected the Cubs medical staff was going to have him take time off after his outing.

"Obviously, we're doing something right as far as treatment and the medication is helping and there's nothing wrong with taking it easy either," Baker said. "A combination of that and it feels a lot better."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.