While Baker's status is uncertain and the Twins are waiting until Friday to determine if Francisco Liriano is ready to rejoin the rotation, Gardenhire said that the first three games of the season will be started by Livan Hernandez, Boof Bonser and Kevin Slowey -- in that order.Baker has not thrown in a Grapefruit League contest since March 8. He lasted just two innings in that start due to a strained lat muscle. The muscle was healing, but Baker's progress was then derailed again on March 16 because of a bout with the flu. Baker said he lost 12 pounds over the course of three days, but he's gained about five pounds of it back. "I'm starting to get my appetite back and my energy back," Baker said. "I ate a normal breakfast today, and the mornings have been the toughest times so far." The flu has been going around the Twins' clubhouse, and shortstop Adam Everett is the latest player to be affected by it. Everett missed Monday's game and still had not returned to the team on Tuesday morning. Gardenhire said he got a message from Everett on Tuesday saying that he was starting to feel better and should be back with the team on Wednesday. It may take a few days for Everett to fully regain his health, but the expectation is still for him to be ready for Opening Day.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less