The Florida Marlins received good news on catcher John Baker, who visited orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Monday according to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida SunSentinel .
Baker has been out of action since May 12 with a right elbow issue. He suffered a setback during his rehab appearance on June 7, necessitating the visit to Andrews who prescribed four weeks of rest followed by a ramping up of activity.
While the move leaves the Marlins with Ronny Paulino as the full-time starter for at least the next month and a half, the Marlins have to be thrilled Baker won't require surgery that would knock him out for the season and perhaps longer.
Baker has a line of .218/.307/.282 on the season as the strong side of a platoon with Paulino, appearing in 23 games before being sidelined on May 12. He logged 423 plate appearances in 2009, establishing himself as a major-league player by hitting .271/.349/.410. Baker is perhaps best known for appearing in Moneyball , a baseball book that is credited with revolutionzing baseball upon its publication in 2003.
-- Evan Brunell
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