Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Opportunity for Rusin?
By Doug Mittler
The Chicago Cubs confirmed Tuesday that Scott Baker has been shut down after just one Cactus League start, a development that could eventually benefit rookie Chris Rusin.
The Cubs had targeted a mid-April debut for Baker, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, but the righthander felt soreness in Sunday’s outing. Baker will see team physician Stephen Gryzlo this weekend for further evaluation.
If Baker is unable to return to the team in May, Paul Sullivan of the Tribune says Rusin
has an opportunity to be the first starter up from Triple-A Iowa in case of emergency. The 26-year-old lefthander was inconsistent in a late-season audition in 2012, posting a 6.37 ERA and a 1.625 WHIP in seven starts.
Rusin has bounced back with an impressive 0.69 ERA in four Cactus League outings.