Cubs not ruling out '13 return for Baker

Cubs not ruling out '13 return for Baker

SAN DIEGO -- The Cubs still feel Scott Baker has time to pitch for the team this year in his comeback from Tommy John surgery.

Baker gave up one run on four hits, including a solo home run, over four innings for Class A Kane County in a rehab outing Friday. He walked two and struck out three in his longest outing so far.

"He's still working his way back," Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Saturday. "He's been gaining a little bit of velocity and gaining a better feel as he goes. It's still a process for him. Yesterday was a step in the right direction."

Baker had some setbacks because of the weather, which has interrupted Class A Daytona's schedule.

"He's such a good worker and so dedicated to come back this year," Hoyer said. "Our hope is that he can come back."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.