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Baker to throw bullpen session on Thursday

Baker to throw bullpen session on Thursday

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CHICAGO -- Scott Baker, who has been recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, will get a chance to pitch at Wrigley Field this year.

Baker, who has been rehabbing in Mesa, Ariz., will throw a bullpen on Thursday at Wrigley, so the Cubs' staff can evaluate his progress. On Wednesday, the right-hander pitched four innings in his fourth simulated game.

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If Baker gets the go-ahead, he could begin his rehab assignment at Class A Kane County.

Baker signed a one-year, $5.5 million contract this offseason with the Cubs, and general manager Jed Hoyer said they've had conversations about a new deal for 2014.

"He's a fantastic person and a real good teammate," Hoyer said. "He's one of those guys who, when he had a setback in Spring Training, he was apologetic to us."

Baker compiled a 63-48 record and 4.15 ERA in 163 games with the Twins. He was 8-6 with a 3.14 ERA in 23 games in 2011, and then underwent surgery on his elbow in April 2012.

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.

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