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Those of us hoping for a quiet, uneventful spring can put that wish on the next flight to Nowheresville.
First there was Kerry Wood's shoulder, now it's Mark Prior's elbow.
The good news is an MRI showed no damage to the ligament or nerve. Here's a quote from Cubs' trainer, Mark O'Neal:
The best-case scenario is that in two or three days, he'd start playing catch and it's completely relieved and we move forward.
Fantastic. Just what I wanted to hear. Except, that leaves out the last sentence in the quote:
That's just purely speculation.
So, let me get this straight. He's fine, except for the pain, and he should be throwing soon, unless it still hurts, and there's not a thing to worry about, unless it doesn't go away.
Stock in Pepto Bismol just went up 20 bucks.
That looks about right. The only other options I can see right now are Angel Guzman and Jimmy Anderson. Guzman won't be chosen because they just aren't going to risk him at this point, and Anderson almost certainly wouldn't make it over Mitre, Rusch or Dempster because he's just not good enough.
In any case, realistic as that list might be, it still makes me want to cry.
Oooooo, look! An open tenth story window.......
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