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Prior was put on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with shoulder tendinitis. This will be his third trip this season and eighth time in his four year career. He was 1-6 with a 7.21 ERA in nine starts this year.
Prior allowed six runs and six hits, including three home runs, and struck out five in five innings for the Cubs in a 15-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.
Prior was activated off the 15-day disabled list Friday to start against the Washington Nationals. The Cubs' right-hander was scratched from his scheduled start on July 9 with a strained left oblique muscle and went on the DL retroactive to July 5. "He says he feels good, and hopefully he can minimize his pitches early so he can go deeper," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said before the game.
Cubs right-hander Mark Prior went back on the 15-day disabled list Friday, this time with a strained left oblique muscle. He got hurt while taking batting practice last Saturday in Milwaukee. He was scratched from his start last Sunday.
Prior missed Sunday's 11-4 victory over Milwaukee because of a strained muscle on his left side. The Cubs' right-hander sustained the injury while taking batting practice before Saturday's game. The team has not determined whether Prior will make his seventh trip to the disabled list in his five-year career. "That hurts, big time, because he was just starting to come around," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "He was starting to throw the ball good again.
The Cubs announced Prior will make his next scheduled start when Chicago plays Minnesota over the weekend. Prior was hit hard in his first start of the season on Sunday, allowing three homers in the first inning of a 12-3 loss to Detroit. Cubs manager Dusty Baker said Prior felt OK, but just wasn't pitching the way he wanted.
Prior lost his season debut in the Cubs 12-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday after returning from a shoulder strain suffered during spring training. The right-hander surrendered eight runs -- seven earned -- and seven hits, four home runs and two strikeouts over 3 2-3 innings in the loss.
Prior will make his first start of the season on Sunday against the Detroit Tigers. The Chicago Cubs pitcher has missed the first 2 1/2 months of the season with a strained shoulder. This was the third straight season he began the year on the disabled list.
Prior allowed three runs and four hits in five innings of rehab work for Double-A West Tennessee on Thursday. The Cubs pitcher struck out four while not allowing a hit after the second inning. "I felt good," Prior said. "I think when I needed to go get something I was able to go get it."
Prior is scheduled to go on a rehabillitation assignment at Class-A Peoria next week to continue his come back from a sore right shoulder. He has been on the disabled list all season with the injury and there is no timetable for his return.
Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild told the Chicago Tribune Monday that Prior has thrown roughly 50 pitches in three bullpen sessions in Arizona. The next step for the Cubs' right-hander is throwing a batting practice session in the Cubs' camp on Friday.
Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild told the Chicago Tribune that Prior is close to throwing off a mound as part of his Arizona-based rehab. The 25-year-old right-hander hasn't worked off a mound since March 12, after informing the Cubs of discomfort he was feeling in his right shoulder. He has been diagnosed with a strained subscapularis muscle.
In what was a mere formality, the Chicago Cubs placed Prior on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. The move was retroactive to March 27. The 25-year-old right-hander is out with a strained subscapularis muscle in the right shoulder. The muscle is part of the rotator-cuff group of muscles.
Prior began his rehab from shoulder discomfort Monday, playing catch from 60-70 feet and making roughly 30 throws, according to the Chicago Tribune. Cubs trainer Mark O'Neal says there probably still is some inflammation in Prior's shoulder, so the team will proceed cautiously. If Prior is fine on Tuesday, the Cubs will slowly step up his throwing over the next few days.
The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Prior will be re-examined by doctors in the next few days to determine if he is ready to resume throwing. If the Cubs' right-hander is cleared to start a throwing program, he would begin with playing catch and then progress to long toss. The newspaper notes that the discomfort Prior was feeling is almost gone when he goes through resistance tests in the training room.
The Cubs' Web site details Prior's specific ailment as a moderate strain of subscapularis, which is a rotator cuff muscle.
Prior follows Yankees center fielder Johnny Damon and teammate Derrek Lee to California on Wednesday, where the Cubs' right-hander will have his ailing right shoulder examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum. An MRI exam is likely to determine the cause of the discomfort. The Cubs hope it will rule out a tear in the back of Prior's shoulder. Cubs trainer Mark O'Neal has termed the injury "posterior rotator-cuff irritation."
Prior threw 35 pitches in a simulated game on Sunday. He might throw another simulated game Wednesday. Prior has battled a winter illness in camp.
Prior and the Chicago Cubs reached an agreement Friday for a $3.65 million, one-year contract. The new deal calls for $900,000 more than the salary the right-hander would have earned under the contract he voided in November. Under his previous contract, Prior had the right to terminate his deal once he became eligible for salary arbitration.
Prior voided the final year of his contract with the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, making him eligible for salary arbitration. Prior's original deal allowed him to void the contract following the 2004 or 2005 season, but only if he had accumulated enough service time to be eligible for arbitration.
Prior struck out a season-high 11 in Tuesday's loss to the Cincinnati Reds, but with the scored tied at three, the Cubs' righthander left for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the seventh and did not figure into the decision. Before departing, he surrendered three runs on eight hits, including two home runs, and did not walk a batter.
Prior was unable to make it out of the fifth inning in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves, allowing six runs on seven hits, including a three-run homer by veteran first baseman Julio Franco. The Cubs' righthander had some control problems throughout the day, walking four batters. He threw 63 of his 102 pitches for strikes and fanned five.
As anticipated, Prior was activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Chicago Cubs in time to take the mound against the crosstown-rival White Sox on Sunday. The righthander, who missed a month with a non-displaced compression fracture near his pitching elbow, did not miss a beat in his return, allowing just one hit in six shutout innings. He struck out three and did not walk a batter.
According to Cubs manager Dusty Baker, there is a chance that Prior will be activated from the 15-day disabled list in time to take the mound against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. The righthander, who has missed more than three weeks with a non-displaced compression fracture near his pitching elbow, was scheduled to pitch a simulated game on Wednesday, but the club decided to move the session up to Tuesday.
Either Wednesday or Thursday, Prior will throw another simulated game after not reporting any major problems following his session last Friday, according to Cubs general manager Jim Hendry. The righthander, who has missed more than three weeks with a non-displaced compression fracture near his pitching elbow, reportedly could return to the club's starting rotation as early as next week, skipping any minor league rehab stint.
Prior threw a four-inning simulated game on Friday, and appears to be progressing quickly in his recovery from the fractured right elbow he suffered on May 27. Prior plans to pitch another simulated game on Sunday, however, there is still no timetable for the pitcher's return.
According to both manager Dusty Baker and trainer Mark O'Neal, Prior should be back in the Cubs' starting rotation by the All-Star break. The righthander suffered a non-displaced compression fracture near his pitching elbow when he was struck by a line drive during last Friday's game against the Colorado Rockies and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. He will not be allowed to resume throwing until the swelling in his elbow subsides.
An MRI exam has revealed that Prior has a non-displaced fracture of his right elbow. The Cubs' righthander suffered a compression fracture near the elbow when he was struck by a line drive during the Cubs' win over Colorado on Friday afternoon. No timetable has been set for Prior's return, but he likely will be out for at least two months.
Prior left the Cubs' Friday afternoon game in the fourth inning after being struck in the right elbow by a hard line drive hit by Colorado's Brad Hawpe. The ball came back at Prior so fast that the righthander had no time to react. He collapsed and rolled in pain on the mound before walking off the field on his own.
X-rays on Prior's right elbow were negative, but the Cubs' righthander will undergo an MRI exam after taking a line drive off the elbow during the Cubs' win over Colorado on Friday afternooon. There's still no word on how long Prior may be out of action.
X-rays on Prior's right elbow were negative, but the Cubs' righthander will undergo an MRI exam after taking a line drive off the elbow during the Cubs' win over Colorado on Friday afternoon. There's still no word on how long Prior may be out of action.
Tossing 126 pitches, Prior went the distance in Sunday's 4-3 victory over the crosstown rival Chicago White Sox, notching his first complete game of the season and fifth of his major league career. Despite surrendering three home runs, the Cubs' righthander scattered just six hits on the day, struck out seven and walked one.
Prior was solid through his first four innings of work in Sunday's game against the Houston Astros, but in the fifth, he surrendered a grand slam to Mike Lamb and a three-run homer to Adam Everett, both coming with two outs in the frame. Overall, the Cubs' righthander allowed a career-high eight runs on seven hits and three walks, despite striking out seven batters in five innings.
Prior had given up just two earned runs in his previous three starts combined -- all wins. With Sunday's performance, he saw his ERA jump from 0.95 to 3.75.
Opposing teams still have yet to recored an earned run with Prior on the mound for the Chicago Cubs. The righthander, who was limited in spring training with inflammation in his pitching elbow, scattered four hits and allowed one unearned run over seven innings in Tuesday's 7-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Making his season debut, Prior tossed six shutout innings in a win over the Padres last week.
Through two starts, Prior is 2-0 with 12 strikeouts and three walks in 13 innings of work. Although he admits to not being back to full strength, it appears safe to have Prior in your lineup on a weekly basis. He finished the 2004 campaign 6-4 with a 4.02 ERA, striking out 139 batters in 118.2 innings, but made just 21 starts because of Achilles and elbow problems.
Prior made his season debut in the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the San Diego Padres, allowing just four hits, striking out six and walking one over six shutout innings. He also helped his own cause, notching two hits and scoring a run. Limited in spring training by inflammation in his pitching elbow, the Cubs' righthander admitted that he has yet to get back into full game shape, but should regain his stamina over the next couple of weeks.
Prior is throwing pain-free, and it appears he should be fine going forward. He finished the 2004 campaign 6-4 with a 4.02 ERA, striking out 139 batters in 118.2 innings, but made just 21 starts because of Achilles and elbow problems.
As anticipated, Prior has been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Chicago Cubs. The righthander, who missed some time with inflammation in his pitching elbow, was slated to take the mound against Jake Peavy and the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, but the game was postponed due to rain. He now will start the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader opposite Brian Lawrence. To make room on the roster, reliever Todd Wellemeyer was optioned to Triple-A Iowa.
Kerry Wood and Peavy will get the nod in Game 1. Limited to 21 starts by Achilles and elbow troubles last year, Prior finished the 2004 campaign 6-4 with a 4.02 ERA, striking out 139 batters in 118.2 innings.
After throwing 30 pain-free pitches in a bullpen session on Sunday, Prior declared himself ready to join the Chicago Cubs' starting rotation. The righthander, who had been limited by inflammation in his pitching elbow, will be activated from the 15-day disabled list in time to take the mound against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, as anticipated.
Prior said he could go as long as the Cubs need him, but manager Dusty Baker indicated the hurler will be on a pitch count. Limited to 21 starts by Achilles and elbow troubles last year, Prior finished the 2004 campaign 6-4 with a 4.02 ERA, striking out 139 batters in 118.2 innings.
Prior will pitch on Tuesday, but it won't be until Sunday that the Cubs determine whether Prior will be on the mound for the Cubs against the San Diego Padres or will make another rehab assignment in the minors.
Prior showed a little rust and had a rough first inning in his minor league rehab start with Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, allowing five runs and six hits. However, the Cubs' righthander, who is recovering from inflammation in his pitching elbow, settled down after that and allowed just two runs and three hits over his next five frames. With 88 total pitches, Prior finished with seven strikeouts and just one walk.
Prior reported no problems after Thursday's outing, and unless there is a last-minute change of plans, he is scheduled to be activated from the 15-day disabled list in time to take the mound against the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field next Tuesday. Limited to 21 starts by Achilles and elbow troubles last year, Prior finished the 2004 campaign 6-4 with a 4.02 ERA, striking out 139 batters in 118.2 innings.
Prior will open the season on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his pitching elbow. The move will be made retroactive, and the Cubs' righthander should be eligible for activation next Sunday. Prior made a minor league start on Saturday, and struggled a bit with his command. Barring any setbacks over the next week, he is slated to start April 12 against the Padres.
Prior will make another minor league start later this week, likely with Triple-A Iowa. Limited to 21 starts by Achilles and elbow troubles last year, Prior finished the 2004 campaign 6-4 with a 4.02 ERA, striking out 139 batters in 118.2 innings.