Yep, Mark Prior throwing to live batters in February. Who would have thunk it! Apparently the Cubs’ approach (and the rehab suggested by Dr. Andrews) seems to be making an impact – Prior is way ahead of last year’s roadmap. It appears as though he is going to dogfight Wade Miller for the #5 spot in the rotation; according to Rotoworld, Rich Hill is secure in the 4 hole and (for the time being) Lilly and Marquis are favorites for the second and third starters’ roles. Not that the actual numbers matter mind you.
It will be interesting to see if Prior and/or Miller emerge from Spring Training healthy and rarin’ go go. It’s going to be hard for Marquis to make this rotation if both of those guys have successfull springs. And of course it’s also going to be interesting to see which Mark Prior will emerge from Ho-Ho-Kam Park – will it be Dr. Jeckyl or Mr. Hyde? Will it be the guy that is virtually unhittable or will it be the one that almost got his high ankle socks knocked off in 2006?