Saturday, February 18, 2006

That One...

How quickly the minimizing of expectations starts....

Mark Prior had a simulated pitching drill on the mound Friday, throwing with a towel in his hand rather than a baseball.

Pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Prior also threw a little on flat ground and will do so again Sunday. After that, Rothschild may have a better idea of when Prior can throw a ball off the mound in workouts.

Rothschild stressed that Prior is completely healthy and that the intention is just to ease him into spring.

"I don't have a plan yet for games, but he could pitch by the fourth or fifth one [in March]," Rothschild said.


Rothschild emphasized that being cautious with him is just smart and not the sign of anything being wrong.

The only thing that dies faster than optimism for the Cubs is the #2 guy for Al-Qaida.

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