Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Waiting for Mark Prior

Winning or losing, the Chicago Cubs have never had much trouble selling tickets. Therefore, even though the loss of SP Mark Prior to injury once again could virtually end the team's season before it starts, the front office has no motivation to tell lies about him. Then again, perhaps its just a matter of staying in practice. The team has vehemently denied Prior is hurt, even though unconfirmed reports have him visiting therapists in December due to an allegedly sore shoulder. Moreover, Prior is the only pitcher on the staff that is being limited to throwing on flat ground, and to keeping a towel over his shoulder when he pitches to remind him not to vary from a rigid release trajectory. Is it any wonder then that 24-year-old Carlos Zambrano has already practically usurped Prior as the opening day starter?