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Marlins Catcher John Baker to Undergo Tommy John Surgery; Sign Mike Rivera

 

           More bad news for the Marlins and their catchers. John Baker will undergo Tommy John surgery on Friday. Baker was examined Thursday by Dr. James Andrews and, in a text message, said that tests "revealed damage to the UCL (ulnar collateral ligament)."

in his right elbow.

           "Super frustrating," Baker wrote, "but at least I can move forward."

            Baker will likely miss the early part of the 2011 season, not to mention the rest of this one.

            "Some say a year, but the time frame is usually for pitchers," Baker said. "Position players tend to come back faster. I'm really happy to put this behind me and move forward. It's been a rough year for me."

            The Marlins, in an effort to bolster their beleaguered catching corps, signed journeyman catcher Mike Rivera and assigned him to Triple A New Orleans. Rivera, 35, has played parts of seven seasons with the Tigers, Padres and Brewers. He last played in the majors with Milwaukee in 2009.

              Baker has been out since May and the Marlins were not holding out much hope he would return this season. But they've also lost Brett Hayes (dislocated shoulder) and Ronny Paulino (50-game league suspension) within the past two weeks.

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