CHICAGO -- Twins right-hander Scott Baker pitched seven innings and allowed one earned run in a Minor League start for Class A Fort Myers on Friday night. Baker, who is currently on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder stiffness, walked one batter and struck out three in his outing. Before Friday's game against the White Sox, manager Ron Gardenhire said that the hope was for Baker to throw between 95-100 pitches and show no problems at all with his shoulder. In his last spring start prior to going on the DL, Baker had trouble getting his shoulder loose between innings and cut short his Minor League outing after just five innings and 58 pitches.
Baker is eligible to come off the DL on Sunday, but Gardenhire said Thursday that if all went well in his start for Fort Myers, the right-hander could return to the Twins' rotation on Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.