Saturday, May 28, 2005

Doh, Prior back to the DL

The bad luck this season for the Cubs continues. Seemingly juat back from a stint of the DL, Mark Prior suffered an unluckly fracture after getting a shot into his elbow.

Prior will be 4-1 with a 2.93 ERA for a while.
Prior is 4-1 with a 2.93 ERA while healthy this year.

Mark Prior took a line drive to his right elbow. X-Rays came back negative but the MRI showed a slight fracture. If you saw the highlights of the injury on Sportsceneter, you saw how nasty it was. Right now, it's hard to tell how long Prior will be out, but I would guess it will be at least 6 weeks until we hear more. The slight fracture could heal quicker than 6 weeks but it could take longer and Prior would have some minor leagues starts before he gets back with the club. Moreover, the Cardinals are running away with the NL Central and there is little hope for the Cubs unless something dramatic happens while Prior is out, so the Cubs will likely take a very cautious approach with Prior in order to ensure his long term value to the team. I wouldn't be surprised to see Prior done for the season, though I doubt it would likely happen.

If you own Prior on your fantasy team, don't expect to get any value from him until mid AUgust at the earliest and possibly nothing else for the rest of the year. With Wood and Prior now out, look for the Cubs to rely on Glendon Rusch more. If your league is deep, you should pick up Rusch to make up for Prior. If Rusch is taken, watch Sergiio Mitre for a good start in his next outing and pick him up if he pitches well because he is going to be the Cubs 4th starter for a while. Another ripple from the Prior injury is that Ryan Dempster may be moved out of the closer role and into a starting pitcher role to fill out the 5th SP spot, and that would mean Joe Borowski would become closer again.


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