Scott Baker has landed on the 15-day disabled list to open the season while he battles right elbow tendinitis. Baker pitched in a minor league game today and threw 60 pitches without problems so this move will only push him back one start at the beginning of the season. If everything goes well he will pitch in a minor league game next Thursday and throw 70-80 pitches. He will be in line to start his first game around April 15th instead of his original April 9th home opener start.

Jason Marquis also may not make his first start of the season as he went home to attend to a family issue. His 7 year old daughter was involved in a severe bike accident more than a week ago. The Twins however will not need a 5th starter til about April 15th when Baker is scheduled to return so Liam Hendriks is the likely option to make a spot start at the beginning of the season. In the first series against the Orioles it is expected to be Pavano, Liriano and Hendriks pitching the series with Nick Blackburn pitching in the home opener.

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