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FAAB Factor - NL: Bell Silenced

Jan Levine

Jan Levine

Levine covers baseball, basketball and hockey for RotoWire. In addition to his column writing, he's the master of the MLB and NHL cheatsheets. In his spare time, he roots for the Mets.

National League - FAAB - 7/14/13

Starting Pitching:

Scott Baker, Cubs - Baker, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, will finally begin a rehab stint Sunday and Low-A Kane County. This comes on the heels of him completing a bullpen session Thursday and he figures to be held to a low pitch count. Baker signed for $5.5 million over the winter and was expected to return a month or two into the season, but he suffered a setback this spring in his first game and has endured a lengthy recuperation period. His stay in the minor leagues figures to be a lengthy one, spanning multiple outings and affiliates. Look for him to make his Cubs debut at some point in August, assuming he endures no further setbacks along the way. Baker appeared poised for a strong 2012 season after he was striking out batters at the best rate of his career (8.5 K/9) in the first half of 2011 before elbow issues sidelined him in the second half of the season and all of 2012

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