The Los Angeles Dodgers designated right-handed pitcher Scott Baker for assignment on Sunday to make room on the 40-man roster for newly-acquired first baseman Andy Wilkins, who the Dodgers got from the Toronto Blue Jays, according to a tweet from Bill Plunket of the Orange County Register.
Over 11 innings of work auditioning for the injury-depleted Dodges' rotation, the 33-year-old veteran right-hander earned a loss, a no-decision, a 5.73 ERA and a 7.23 FIP. He also surrendered seven runs on 11 hits -- four of them home runs -- while striking out eight and walking three.
The Dodgers signed the former 58th overall pick in the 2003 draft to a minor league deal just days after the New York Yankees released him in their final round of spring training cuts. Baker was a fixture in the Minnesota Twins' rotation from 2007 to 2011, compiling a 55-37 record and a 3.98 ERA over 821 innings during that span.
However, Tommy John surgery prior to the 2012 season derailed his career and he's struggled to find his old form and steady work ever since. Over 95 and 2/3 innings pitched for the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers the last two years, he carried a combined 5.17 ERA, surrendered 18 home runs, struck out 61 and walked 18.
Baker's next scheduled start was Thursday against the Milwaukee Brewers, so another move for a pitcher is likely. Triple-A Oklahoma City pitcher Mike Bolsinger, who was scratched from his start on Sunday, is likely the favorite.