Cubs’ Baker Upbeat After Latest Setback

Scott Baker.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Scott Baker. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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(CBS) After suffering a setback in his recovery from elbow surgery, Cubs starter Scott Baker has been shut down for at least a month.

Baker, who missed the entire 2012 season after undergoing Tommy Johns surgery on his right elbow, was supposed to be ready by mid-April, but his latest setback will undoubtedly delay his return.

Still, the 31-year-old right-hander is trying to stay positive.

“I’m not thinking anything,” Baker told the Tribune. “I’m going to be a good patient and do as they tell me. If they tell me it’s midseason, it’s midseason. If they tell me it’s earlier, it’s earlier. I just told them ‘I want to feel good and I want to pitch. Let’s just do whatever we’ve got to do to make that happen.’”

Baker will earn $5.5 million this season on a one-year deal with the Cubs.