New York, NY (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Minnesota Twins pitcher Scott Baker unexpectedly underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Tuesday afternoon, the club announced during the team's night game against New York.
Baker was orginally scheduled to have surgery to clean scar tissue on his flexor pronator tendon, but doctors determined that he also needed repairs on his ulnar collateral ligament (UCL).
Surgery on the UCL, commonly known as Tommy John surgery, generally requires 12 months of recovery time. Baker was orginally scheduled to need only six months of recovery.
Minnesota holds a club option on Baker, as his contract will expire at the end of the 2012 season. Should the team decide to keep him, Baker would receive $9.25 million next season.