Baek might need Tommy John surgery (again) …

I saw pitcher Cha Seung Baek in the clubhouse before Saturday’s game against Milwaukee. Baek, out since the last week of Spring Training with a strained right forearm, had a setback during his last rehab start a week ago with Triple-A Portland, leaving after facing one batter.

Baek said that he has slight ligament damage in his right elbow that might require surgery — Tommy John surgery. He’s familiar with this procedure, having had it done in 2001 while he was in the Seattle Mariners organization.

Baek said he’s been told there’s a 65 percent chance he’ll need surgery. He’s opted, for now, to rest the elbow and eventually pursue rehabilitation instead of surgery. That doesn’t mean that he won’t need surgery, which would wipe out his entire 2010 season.

Baek figured to be a part of the starting rotation this season after going 6-9 with a 4.62 ERA in 20 starts for the Padres. He was obtained last season from the Mariners for Minor League pitcher Jared Wells.

Cheers, Corey

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