MESA, Ariz. - Right-hander Scott Baker said his surgically repaired elbow felt "much better" six days after suffering a setback during his lone Cactus League start this spring, giving him at least some optimism on the eve of Sunday's exam by the team orthopedist.
Baker, who has been shut down indefinitely, had an MRI that revealed enough potential problems in the reconstructed elbow to prompt Dr. Stephen Gryzlo to fly from Chicago for a personal exam before the club was willing to say what the medical staff saw on the MRI or suggest a prognosis.
"It's hard not to feel OK about [Sunday's exam] because I am feeling much better," Baker said Saturday morning. "Obviously, we're doing something right as far as treatment and the medications are obviously helping. And there's nothing wrong with taking it easy, either. With that combination, it feels a lot better, so we'll just see what the doc says."