Cubs place Baker on DL among Opening Day roster moves

12:01 PM, Apr 1, 2013   |    comments
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Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - The Chicago Cubs placed pitcher Scott Baker on the 60-day disabled list as the club finalized its roster ahead of Monday's season opener against the Pirates.

Baker is still recovering from Tommy John surgery which cost him the entire 2012 season. The 31-year-old went 8-6 with a 3.14 earned run average in 23 games (21 starts) with the Twins in 2011.

Chicago also placed pitcher Matt Garza (left lat strain) and infielders Ian Stewart (left quad strain) and Darwin Barney (left knee laceration) on the 15- day DL. Stewart's move is retroactive to March 22, while Barney's move in retroactive to this past Sunday.

Garza, the 29-year-old right-hander, was 5-7 with a 3.91 ERA in 18 starts for the Cubs a season ago.

Stewart finished with a .201 average, five homers and 17 RBI in 55 games, while Barney hit .254 with seven homers and 44 RBI over 156 games with Chicago in 2012.

Chicago also selected the contracts of pitcher Hisanori Takahashi, along with infielders Alberto Gonzalez and Brent Lillibridge from Triple-A Iowa, optioned outfielder Brett Jackson to Iowa and designated pitcher Robert Whitenack for assignment.

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