Flu bug sidelines righty Baker

Flu bug sidelines righty Baker

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The flu bug that's recently infected the Twins clubhouse has claimed yet another victim.

Scott Baker was not with the team on Monday after falling ill with the flu, causing his scheduled bullpen session to be pushed back.

Baker is the fifth person around the team to be affected by the illness this week. Pitching coach Rick Anderson, left-hander Carmen Cali and infielder Randy Ruiz all missed time due to the bug. Right-hander Livan Hernandez also said after his start on Sunday that he felt he was dealing with the effects of the flu.

Anderson said he hopes that Baker will be well enough to throw a light 'pen session on Tuesday. Otherwise, Baker's scheduled start in a Minor League game on Thursday could be delayed.

Baker has not pitched in a game since March 8, when a strained lat muscle limited him to just two innings in a start against the Pirates. Baker threw a light bullpen session on Saturday and he said that he did not feel anything in the muscle.

But while it's yet another possible delay for Baker, Anderson said he's not concerned that it will impact the pitcher's ability to get ready for the start of the regular season.

"We just want to make sure there is nothing still in there when he pitches," Anderson said.

Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.