Over flu, Baker throws 'pen session

Over flu, Baker throws 'pen session

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twins right-hander Scott Baker threw a 12-minute bullpen session on Wednesday without any problems, and he should be ready to pitch in a game sometime this weekend.

Baker has not seen any game action since March 8. That day, he came out after just two innings with a strained lat muscle.

The pitcher had been progressing from the injury, and the club had hoped to have him start a Minor League game on Thursday. But Baker came down with the flu, and his bullpen session was pushed back from Monday to Wednesday.

Despite the setbacks, the Twins are hopeful that Baker will be in the rotation at the start of the season. Pitching coach Rick Anderson recently said that Baker's pitch count right now is around 50 pitches, and it could reach somewhere between 80-85 pitches, if everything goes as planned the rest of the spring.

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