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Twins Spring Training: Scott Baker Could Start Season On DL, According To Report

The Minnesota Twins are deep in the thick of Spring Training. They're looking ahead to the 2012 season and hoping they can improve on last year's dismal performance. On Friday, some news broke that made it seem as though the Twinkies could be following a slightly tougher time to start the season than they would perhaps like.

Phil Mackey of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities reports that right-handed pitcher Scott Baker may end up on the DL to start the season.

Minnesota Twins right-hander Scott Baker downplayed the severity of his latest bout with elbow tendonitis on Friday, but there's a strong chance he could start the season on the 15-day disabled list.

Pitching coach Rick Anderson said Baker will throw two upcoming bullpen sessions -- one on Saturday and another on Monday -- and if all goes well, he could be reinserted into the spring rotation next Thursday, March 25.

But with Baker's first regular season start scheduled for April 9 at Target Field, time is running out.

Baker is set to be a key part of the Twins rotation this season. In 2011, he posted an 8-6 record and a 3.14 ERA.

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