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The Hits Keep On Coming
by Derek Smart
I'd like to revel in today's 10-3 victory over the Rockies, where the bats which had so long been silent decided to make a joyful noise, but as you likely are well aware by now, Mark Prior went down after taking a rifle shot off his right elbow, forcing him out of the game in the fourth, and I just can't celebrate much while yet another injury casts its ugly shadow over the proceedings.
Initial news has been encouraging, saying that x-rays came back negative. However, as I had the Yankees/Red Sox tilt on in the background this evening, a report interrepted the broadcast on ESPN (which also appears in written form here) to relate that a team source said the MRI revealed a "slight" fracture.
I don't know about you, but to me saying that someone has a "slight" fracture is tantamount to being "a little bit" pregnant or "mostly" dead. Of course, that's the alarmist in me, as there are certainly various degrees of severity that a fracture can present, and what the source likely meant was that it appeared from the MRI to be of a type less severe. I can only hope this is the case.
Still, a crack's a crack, and whatever the size and depth of the one in Mark Prior's elbow, the one below the Cubs' season seems to widen by the minute, and if a way isn't found to fill it soon, it will swallow this club whole, if it hasn't already.