Twins put Baker on DL, send Marquis to minors; Hrbek gets bronze statue at Target Field 05 Apr 12

Fort Myers, Fla. (AP) – The Minnesota Twins have placed right-hander Scott Baker on the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-hander Jason Marquis to Double-A New Britain, with neither starter ready in time for the regular season.

The moves were made Wednesday, the Major League Baseball deadline for setting 25-man opening day rosters.

Baker has been bothered by tendinitis in his throwing elbow. He was put on the DL retroactive to March 27, making him eligible to rejoin the rotation on April 12. Marquis missed two weeks of spring training to tend to his seriously injured 7-year-old daughter, and the Twins want him to catch up with some time in the minors.

Rookie right-hander Liam Hendriks will take one spot this weekend, starting Sunday at Baltimore. The Twins have an off day Thursday.

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Minneapolis, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Twins will add Kent Hrbek to their collection of bronzed former players outside Target Field with a pregame ceremony next weekend.

The Twins announced Wednesday they’ll unveil the Hrbek statue before their game against the Texas Rangers on Saturday afternoon, April 14. The event will take place outside Gate 14 behind home plate, near the restaurant in the former first baseman’s name – Hrbek’s – that sits inside the ballpark.

Hrbek will become the seventh figure to be bronzed by the team since Target Field opened, joining Rod Carew, Calvin Griffith, Carl and Eloise Pohlad, Tony Oliva, Kirby Puckett and Harmon Killebrew. The statues were designed by local artist Bill Mack.

The native of Bloomington and lifelong Minnesotan played his entire 14-year major league career with the Twins.