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Twins put Baker on DL with elbow strain

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- One day before a doubleheader against division-leading Cleveland, and with a pitching staff already under stress from a brutal stretch of 19 games in 18 days, right-hander Scott Baker told the Minnesota Twins he wouldn't be able to make his scheduled start in the series opener.

The Twins placed Baker on the disabled list with an elbow strain after a 4-3 victory over the Royals on Sunday, sending them into another scramble in what has been a season full of trying to paper over injuries.

"Anytime a pitcher's uncertain whether he can go or not you just have to back off here," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "There's no risk you can take, if he says he's unsure of it then so are we."

Baker has been one of the Twins' top pitchers this season. He missed his final start before the All-Star break after feeling a twinge in his elbow, but said then that he figured the extra time off would be more than enough for him to get right.

The Twins selected the contract of left-hander Scott Diamond from Triple-A Rochester, and he will start the night cap. Diamond is 4-8 with a 4.70 ERA in 17 starts for the Red Wings this year after the Twins selected him in the Rule 5 draft.

The Twins also sent infielder Matt Tolbert to Rochester and recalled lefty Chuck James to add one more arm to a pitching staff that is going to be awfully busy through the rest of July.