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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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Villa26

That sucks!!!!!

juan yanes

LORIA NEEDS SPEND SOME MONEY IN ADQUIRE A DECENT CATCHER NO OTHER REMEDY COULD BE FIND. SORRY LORIA ALL CAN'T BE PROFITS.

Glags

Who the freak is mike rivera? Do the Marlins have a database of out of work has beens or something. Then again are we really surprised.

CoachG

It's like major league... When the guy says " willie hays"....Roger dorn"... Who the hell are these guys!!!! Hahahaahah what a joke

cookie

Mike Rivera, Has not played since 2009, are you kidding. Marlins must have a special key for the dump.Scavengers sifting through the garbage, must have come extreamely cheap.

brg611

Have to wonder why Baker didn't see the right doctor earlier???

Mike Rivera?? Why?? All the other active veteran catchers, and there are quite a few, probably want more than league minimum.

Loria is trying to squeeze two nickels out of every penny.

Juan Varona

Why don't the Marlins take a flyer on Mark Prior? Audition him for closer. Look what happened with Dennis Eckersley.

oneatatime

thought they were going to bring back Mike Redmond??? Too bad

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