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Written by wrigleyville
Wednesday, 26 December 2007
Here is the second installment of Mark Prior's injury notes from RotoTimes from 2004-06, again, as a public service to those optimistic souls in San Diego.
The highlight of this episode comes on March 14, when the Cubs say Prior will start the second game of the season (April 5) - even though he didn't even pitch batting practice until March 9. This turned out to be accurate, however, assuming the Cubs' second game was in mid-June against the Tigers.
My San Diego friends, get used to the words "optimistic," "towel," "precautionary," "nothing wrong" and "flat ground."
Without further ado, the Mark Prior injury notes from 2006:
September 13, 2006: Mark Prior threw off flat ground on Tuesday for the first time since going on the disabled list on Aug. 11, according to the Daily Southtown. It is still unlikely that Prior, who is recovering from a shoulder problem, will pitch again this year.
September 3, 2006: Mark Prior had his troublesome shoulder examined yesterday, and Cubs trainer Mark O'Neal said he thinks Prior will be able to resume throwing again Sept. 12, according to the Daily Southtown. He still holds out hope of pitching for the Cubs again this season, though that appears unlikely.
September 2, 2006: It's been three weeks since Mark Prior went on the disabled list with shoulder tendintis, and he's expected to be examined again soon, according to the Daily Southtown. "I haven't been assessed yet," he said. "I may get checked out (today). I think I'll be throwing in the near future. And I think I'll be on the mound eventually. I just have to wait and see what the doctor says. When I do start throwing, hopefully, I haven't lost a lot in three weeks. I'll have more information in the next few days." Still, it's unlikley he'll pitch for the Cubs again this season.
August 23, 2006: Mark Prior will be re-examined in a week to determine the progress of his right shoulder tendinitis, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. It's highly unlikely that Prior will pitch again this season.
August 15, 2006: Though it is still very likely that he could be out for the rest of the year, Mark Prior is still hoping to pitch again at some point in '06, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. "Obviously, when you do the math, from a practical standpoint it doesn't look too good," he said. "But I'm going to approach it like I can come back toward the end of the season. What the reality of that is, only time will tell, but I'm going to approach it that I have a chance to come back this season and pitch. Just because there's a time crunch -- there's just six or seven weeks left and it sounds like I might be out four or five weeks -- you just don't shut it down." Prior is out with shoulder tendinitis.
August 13, 2006: Mark Prior, who is on the disabled list with shoulder tendinitis, might not be out for the entire season, according to the Chicago Tribune. However, he will miss at least three weeks. Trainer Mark O'Neal said that after the initial three weeks, Prior will be evaluated on a weekly basis.
August 12, 2006: The Cubs placed Mark Prior back on the disabled list on Saturday with shoulder tendinitis, according to the AP. The move means that he could be done for the season. "I'm more disappointed for [Prior]," manager Dusty Baker said. "It's been a tough couple of years here, on and off the DL. He's not very happy about it."
August 12, 2006: Instead of flying with the team from Milwaukee to Denver, Mark Prior was sent to Chicago to have team physician Stephen Gryzlo examine his shoulder, according to the Chicago Tribune. "We'll see what comes of it," pitching coach Larry Rothschild said. "There were some pitches he threw [Thursday] that I didn't like the way he threw. We have to make sure of what's going on where he is and go from there." If Prior, who is scheduled to make his next start on Tuesday, is forced to go on the DL, the team may choose to shut him down for the year.
August 11, 2006: After Mark Prior had another bad outing yesterday, questions have come up again regarding his health, according to the Chicago Tribune. Prior may or may not make his next start, and if he has to go on the DL, the Cubs may just shut him down for the season. Despite the concerns, Prior says he's fine, so it isn't known whether the Cubs plan on even taking a look at his shoulder. Prior missed the first 2 1/2 months of the season because the shoulder was strained. "Whether there's still weakness [in the shoulder] and that's the reason he's under pitches at times … but there have been a lot of times when everything has been basically the same," Rothschild said. "The velocity has been good and he has been [throwing] downhill. It's hard to tell right now [if he's hurt]."
July 26, 2006: Mark Prior appeared to tweak something while covering first base in the sixth inning of Wednesday's game, according to the AP. He stayed in the game, but looked a little awkward when delivering a five-pitch walk to Carlos Beltran, the first hitter he faced after sustaining the injury. Manager Dusty Baker removed Prior immediately after he walked Beltran. No further information is known at this time.
July 21, 2006: The Cubs activated Mark Prior on Friday, according to the AP. Prior, who was sidelined with a strained oblique, will start tonight against the Nationals.
July 20, 2006: Mark Prior will try to get his first win of the season when he starts on Friday, according to the AP. Prior is currently recovering from his latest ailment, a strained left oblique muscle.
July 19, 2006: The Daily Southtown reports that Mark Prior tested his strained left oblique by throwing a bullpen session Monday and was then penciled in to come off the disabled list and start Friday. "He came out (of Monday's session) well," manager Dusty Baker said. "(Pitching coach) Larry (Rothschild) said he was throwing it as well as he had been throwing it the whole time. There is a good chance he will start on Friday."
July 16, 2006: The Cubs are hoping that Mark Prior can have a good bullpen session and then come off the DL next week, according to the AP. He went on the DL on Friday with a strained oblique muscle.
July 15, 2006: The Cubs are hoping that Mark Prior will be able to come off the DL to start next Friday or Saturday against Washington, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. However, manager Dusty Baker is cautious about bringing Prior back too soon. ''Those injuries tend to linger, and every time you think you're doing well, you make one wrong move and it's back again,'' Baker said. ''We want to make sure it's gone.'' Prior was placed on the DL yesterday with a strained left oblique.
July 14, 2006: The Cubs placed Mark Prior on the disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle on Friday, according to the AP. There is no timetable on Prior's return, and the move is retroactive to July 5. Chicago called up Ryan Theriot to replace him on the roster.
July 13, 2006: Mark Prior will be examined in Chicago on Thursday, according to the Daily Southtown. He strained his left oblique muscle Saturday and aggravated it Sunday when he sneezed. He's tentatively scheduled to make his next start on Sunday.
July 9, 2006: Mark Prior was scratched from his start on Sunday because of a strained muscle in his left side, according to the AP. The severity of the ailment isn't known, but with Prior's injury history, there's at least a decent chance that the injury is significant. Glendon Rusch made a spot start in place of Prior.
June 18, 2006: The Cubs activated Mark Prior from the disabled list. Prior started against the Tigers on Sunday and ran into trouble immediately. He allowed three home runs in the first inning and four for the day. Prior allowed seven hits and eight runs - seven earned - in just 3 2/3 innings, with two strikeouts and one walk.
June 17, 2006: Mark Prior will make his first start of the season Sunday against the Tigers, according to the AP. He missed the first 2 1/2 months with a strained shoulder. "It's been a long, hard road, but I'm glad that Mark's getting back on the mound," manager Dusty Baker said before Saturday's game. "Hopefully, we can keep him on the mound all year long."
June 16, 2006: Mark Prior played long toss yesterday and will throw a bullpen session today, after which the Cubs will decide whether or not to start him Sunday against Detroit or Monday against Cleveland, according to the Chicago Tribune. Prior has been sidelined this whole season with a shoulder injury.
June 15, 2006: Mark Prior could return to the Cubs rotation as early as Sunday, according to the Cubs website. "Stuff-wise it feels fine -- it feels good enough to compete at this level," said Prior. "I think there's more of a question of stamina. Where do I want to be in terms of pitch count? I think that's more of a question mark right now. I think I'll have more of an understanding in the next day or two after seeing how I responded to throwing 90."
June 14, 2006: Mark Prior was sore Wednesday, one day after his best outing in four minor league rehab starts, and is still not sure when he'll make his season debut with the Cubs, according to the AP. "I think we'll make a decision in the next couple of days," said Prior, who's been on the disabled list all season while recovering from a sore shoulder. "My stuff I feel is fine, good enough to compete at this level. It's more of a question of stamina, where do I want to be as far as pitch count," he added.
June 13, 2006: Mark Prior threw 6 2/3 innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, allowing one run on four hits, according to the AP. Prior, who is on the DL with a shoulder injury, walked one and struck out 10 while throwing 90 pitches, 63 for strikes. He threw consistently between 90-92 MPH, and the Cubs will decide in the next few days if Prior, who was scheduled to rejoin Chicago on Wednesday, will make his next start at Triple-A or the big leagues. A decision could come as soon as Thursday. "I felt like with the stuff I had today I could definitely go out and compete," said Prior. "I could take this stuff to the big leagues and have something to work with. More than anything else right now, it's a question of endurance. I'll know more about that in 24 or 48 hours."
June 12, 2006: The Daily Southtown reports that Mark Prior will make his next rehab start on Tuesday for Triple-A Iowa. After that, he may make another rehab appearance on Sunday or come off the disabled list to start against the Tigers. "We won't discuss that until after I get back Wednesday," Prior said.
June 8, 2006: Mark Prior threw five innings in a rehab start with Double-A West Tennessee on Thursday, according to the AP. He allowed three runs on four hits while striking out four. His fastball was consistently clocked at 90 MPH. "I felt good," said Prior. "I think when I needed to go get something I was able to go get it." It's not known when he will make his next start.
June 5, 2006: Although Mark Prior is scheduled to make his third rehab start on Thursday, it remains unclear how many more appearances he might make before being activated from the disabled list, according to the Chicago Tribune. "We don't know if it's going to be one, two, three more rehab starts or whatever," manager Dusty Baker said.
June 3, 2006: Mark Prior pitched five innings for Single-A Peoria on Saturday, allowing one run on three hits while striking out five and throwing 59 pitches on Saturday, according to the AP. His fastball topped out at 90 MPH, and he threw 43 strikes to go along with 16 balls. "The goal today was to find my breaking ball," said Prior. "I did that in the third inning." Prior is expected to make at least one more rehab outing before joining the Cubs.
May 30, 2006: Mark Prior said that his strained shoulder is starting to feel normal following his rehab start yesterday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. "It got loose obviously pretty quick out there,'' Prior said of his throwing shoulder. "That wasn't a problem in this heat. It felt good, it felt relaxed and it felt like I was finally starting to feel more normal.'' Prior is expected to make at least two more rehab starts before joining the Cubs.
May 29, 2006: Mark Prior struggled to get out of the second inning of his rehab appearance Monday, according to the AP. He threw 44 pitches in two innings, giving up four hits and three runs. He's been on the disabled list all season with a sore shoulder.
May 27, 2006: Mark Prior threw 30 pitches on the side on Saturday and is scheduled to make his first rehab start for Single-A Peoria on Monday, according to the AP. Prior is expected to make at least three rehab starts before rejoining the Cubs.
May 26, 2006: Mark Prior, who has been out all year with a shoulder injury, is expected to go on a rehab assignment at Class A Peoria either Monday or Tuesday, according to the AP. He threw 64 pitches in a Rookie League game in Arizona on Wednesday.
May 22, 2006: Assuming all goes well for Mark Prior during his Rookie League start Wednesday, he could begin a rehab assignment May 29, according to the Daily Southtown. If he were to make two minor league starts, he could come off the disabled list on June 8. He's been out all season while recovering from shoulder surgery.
May 20, 2006: Mark Prior probably will pitch in another Rookie League game before beginning a rehab assignment, according to the Daily Southtown. Reports were favorable about his Rookie League outing Thursday, though his velocity wasn't near the mid-90s.
May 18, 2006: Mark Prior is slated to toss 40-45 pitches over 2-3 innings Friday in an Arizona Rookie League game, according to the Daily Southtown. Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild said he wasn't sure how many Rookie League starts Prior would need before beginning a rehab assignment. Prior is recovering from shoulder surgery.
May 12, 2006: Mark Prior will throw his first simulated game on Sunday against rookie leaguers, according to the Chicago Tribune.
May 10, 2006: The Daily Southtown reports that Mark Prior threw 25 pitches in a bullpen session yesterday. If his injured shoulder responds well today, his next step should be a series of simulated games. It's possible he could be activated by the end of the month.
May 7, 2006: Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Mark Prior was "still a little weak" from his recent illness, but Prior was able to toss 30 pitches in a side session on Saturday, according to the Chicago Tribune. He'll throw again Tuesday and may be ready for a simulated game after that.
May 5, 2006: Mark Prior looked pale and tired Thursday in the Cubs' clubhouse at Chase Field after a mysterious illness delayed his rehab from a strained shoulder muscle, according to the Chicago Tribune. "It cost us four or five days," trainer Mark O'Neal said. "Anytime he has to miss a workday, it's a setback." Prior was unsure what was wrong but theorized it was food poisoning or the flu. It was the second bout with illness in the last four months for Prior, who was hospitalized with pharyngitis in late December. He said this problem was unrelated.
May 4, 2006: Mark Prior, who has been out all season with a strained right shoulder, told reporters Thursday that he may be ready to pitch by the end of the month, according to the AP. "If that's what he says, I expect basically what he expects," manager Dusty Baker said. Prior has been working out with Cubs minor leaguers in Mesa, Ariz.
May 4, 2006: Mark Prior has been unable to participate in his throwing program lately because of food poisoning, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Prior will resume the program for his rehabbing shoulder once he feels he is at full strength.
April 26, 2006: Mark Prior is slated to face hitters in batting practice on Wednesday, according to the Daily Southtown. He should toss 40-50 pitches in what will be his second batting practice session. Prior has no date set for when he will return from his shoulder injury.
April 22, 2006: For the first time this season, Mark Prior faced hitters when he pitched batting practice on Friday, according to the Daily Southtown. Working his way back from a shoulder injury, he still has no return date set. "We'll see how he comes out of it and he'll throw a side (Sunday) and go from there," pitching coach Larry Rothschild said.
April 18, 2006: Mark Prior will throw a batting-practice session on Friday, according to the Chicago Tribune. He threw 50 pitches in three sessions on Monday in Arizona.
April 15, 2006: Mark Prior tossed two sets of 20 pitches in the bullpen yesterday and is slated to throw a total of 45 pitches on Monday, as he continues to recover from a shoulder injury, according to the Daily Southtown.
April 11, 2006: Mark Prior, who is recovering from a strained shoulder muscle, threw about 30 pitches from the bullpen mound before Tuesday's game, according to the AP. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild stated Prior has progressed to a point where he doesn't feel any pain in the shoulder. Prior will throw again Friday in Arizona.
April 10, 2006: Mark Prior is slated to toss a bullpen Tuesday, as he continues to recover from his strained shoulder, according to the Sun-Times.
April 7, 2006: Mark Prior will throw off a mound Friday for the first time since straining his shoulder, according to the Chicago Tribune.
April 6, 2006: Mark Prior is expected to test his strained shoulder by throwing off a mound in a few days for the first time since March 12, according to the Daily Southtown.
April 1, 2006: The Chicago Tribune reports that Mark Prior is progressing a bit faster than expected, as he's pitched on flat ground the past two days.
March 28, 2006: The Cubs placed Mark Prior on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a right shoulder injury, according to the AP. Prior has a strained subscapularis muscle in the right shoulder and has not yet pitched this spring. There is no timetable for his return.
March 28, 2006: Mark Prior began light throwing on Monday, but he still has some inflammation in his shoulder and there are no plans yet for when he will throw off a mound, let alone return to the rotation, according to the Chicago Tribune.
March 28, 2006: Mark Prior received medical clearance Monday to begin light throwing, and he threw about 30 tosses during a light session, according to the AP. "I felt good throwing and didn't have any symptoms," Prior said. "I was happy with the way I threw the ball. I didn't throw a lot, just playing catch, but it felt good." He has been sidelined with a strained muscle in his right rotator cuff.
March 27, 2006: Mark Prior was expected to have his strained shoulder examined by Cubs' doctors yesterday, but that was delayed until today, according to the Daily Southtown. If all goes well, he could have a light throwing session later in the day.
March 26, 2006: Mark Prior will be examined by team doctors Sunday to determine when he can resume throwing, asccording to the AP. He was diagnosed with a strained muscle in his right shoulder nearly two weeks ago has not appeared in a Cactus League game this spring.
March 19, 2006: Mark Prior will remain shut down for 7-10 days before having his strained right shoulder re-examined, according to the Chicago Tribune. "Basically, we'll re-evaluate at that time to see if we can resume his throwing program," Cubs trainer Mark O'Neal said. "Symptomatically, he feels better than he did the last few days. We'll continue to treat it as a strain."
March 16, 2006: Mark Prior was diagnosed with a strained right shoulder Thursday and could miss the beginning of the season, according to the AP. Dr. Lewis Yocum, who performed the MRI exam, and the Cubs medical staff will meet in Arizona on Saturday to discuss Prior's status and determine a course of action.
March 14, 2006: Mark Prior cut short a throwing session because of soreness in his right shoulder on Tuesday and will see a specialist in Los Angeles tomorrow, according to the AP. Prior was scheduled to pitch off the mound today but the session was called off when the shoulder flared up during long tossing. "It wasn't getting loose so we weren't going to try it," pitching coach Larry Rothschild said.
March 14, 2006: The Cubs maintain that Mark Prior is still on track to make his first regular season start on April 5, according to the Chicago Tribune. He's expected to throw a side session today and a simulated game on Thursday.
March 12, 2006: Mark Prior tossed two innings in a simulated game Sunday, according to the AP. Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild noticed a "pretty good jump" in velocity from Prior's first simulated game. He likely will throw on the side Tuesday and toss another simulated game on Thursday.
March 12, 2006: If all goes well with a simulated game today, Mark Prior might start an exhibition game later next week, according to the Daily Southtown.
March 10, 2006: Mark Prior threw 30 pitches to live hitters on Thursday, according to the Chicago Tribune. Prior is expected to throw a two-inning simulated game today.
March 9, 2006: Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild told the Chicago Sun-Times that he expects Mark Prior to be able to start the second game of the season. "We are right on schedule as long as we can keep pushing forward and have no setbacks," Rothschild said.
March 8, 2006: Mark Prior is scheduled to throw batting practice on Thursday for the first time this spring, according to the AP. If his session goes well, he could throw a simulated game within the next several days and possibly pitch in an exhibition game sometime next week.
March 7, 2006: The Daily Southtown reports that Mark Prior will face hitters Thursday in live batting practice for the first time this spring. It's possible he could toss one more session after that before starting a Cactus League game.
March 4, 2006: Mark Prior could face hitters within the week if he is feeling good, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Prior might throw another bullpen session today, depending on how he fared physically after Thursday's heavy bullpen workload of about 50 pitches in two separate sessions. Cubs manager Dusty Baker believes Prior will begin the season in the starting rotation. "He's on schedule to do that, but until he actually gets out there you don't know what could happen," Baker said. "Yeah, I expect it, but you don't really know. We got to get Prior to that point first."
February 24, 2006: Mark Prior threw from a mound for the first time this spring on Friday, according to the AP. "It felt a little awkward," said Prior. "But it was good to get up there and to start working to try to get down there on a nice angle and see a guy with a catcher's mitt and get after it." Prior threw 20 pitches at about 50 percent exertion and is slated to pitch in an exhibition game in early March. The Cubs are trying to bring him along slowly to avoid the elbow problems that have bothered him the last two springs.
February 22, 2006: The AP reports that Mark Prior could get a chance to throw off the mound on Sunday for the first time this spring. The Cubs are optimistic that Prior, who missed time last season with an elbow injury, can see action in one of the first exhibition games in early March.
February 21, 2006: Cubs sources said Monday that Mark Prior continues to look strong while throwing on flat ground and is expected to be throwing off a mound by the end of the week, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The Cubs and Prior have denied a report Monday that cited an anonymous source who insisted Prior is experiencing right shoulder problems.
February 19, 2006: Mark Prior has yet to throw off a mound in camp, according to the Daily Southtown. Although he said his arm is fine, he admitted to being about two weeks behind in his training regimen due to a two-week bout with the flu in December. "I'm not expecting something to creep up," Prior said. "I feel good where I'm at. Would I liked to have been on the mound by now? Yeah. But you deal with what you have in front of you."
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