Today’s Chicago Tribune and www.cubs.com made light of the fact that Mark Prior threw off the mound today. Nine days after pitchers and catchers reported, Prior threw twenty pitches and said that it felt “awkward;” according to Mark it was the first time since his last start in September that he threw off a mound. Twenty pitches? What did he do the rest of the practice, talk baseball with Dusty? No wonder rumors are flying around about his health.
I seem to recall last year during spring that Prior said it might be a good idea to throw year round in order to avoid the elbow tenderness. What happened to that idea? I sincerely hope that Prior is 100% ready to go by Opening Day – he was a #2 overall draft pick and the Cubs really need him to live up to that level of expectation.
If Mark is indeed nursing an injury that’s one thing – but if he’s as healthy as he claims he’d better start working overtime because that level of preparedness and work ethic ain’t gonna cut it.