PEORIA, Ariz. - Already leading the league in MRI's this spring, the Cubs sent pitcher Scott Baker out for another one Monday after the Tommy John surgery graduate showed up in camp with soreness in his elbow the day after making his Cactus League debut this spring.
The Cubs consider it a precautionary move and plan to keep him on his pitching schedule if the MRI is clean and Baker feels well enough Tuesday to do his between-starts work.
Baker struggled to get one out in a long first inning before hitting his pitch limit Sunday.
He has performed well in rehab work and bullpen work all spring without anything more than soreness typically associated with Tommy John rehab and rebuilding strength.
MRI results are expected Tuesday.
Baker, a former 15-game winner for Minnesota who signed a one-year, $5.5 million deal as a free agent last fall, missed all of last season because of the surgery.