Thursday, March 11, 2004

Ankle Biters

It seems that my fellow mates in the Cubbie Blog Army have fallen into a neat trap. They've spent the whole day talking about Dusty Baker and "do walks matter." Baker diverted their attention from the real Cubs' news. Mark Prior might miss his first start because his achillies is still hurting him.

This is the real story of the day.

If he misses one start, no biggie. But like last summer when the Cubs set the table through the media for the exit of Choi, they are doing the same thing with Prior's injury. From today's Trib:

Baker said it's too soon to know when Prior will be ready but added there's no need to panic if Prior doesn't make his scheduled start April 8 in Cincinnati.

"I'm not saying that's the case, but we used to leave Bobby Welch behind every year in spring training," Baker said, referring to his old Dodgers teammate.

"It's an unfortunate situation. [Prior] hurt his Achilles' and it got him behind. If you're behind, you have to catch up at the normal pace. You can't catch up at the accelerated pace or something else may happen."

This is not a promissing sign. Cruz and Guzman better be ready. They might be needed before Tax Day.

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