Won't be wasting a pick after hearing this...
Padres right-hander Mark Prior is expected to throw off a mound within the next week, and club officials believe he might start a minor-league rehabilitation assignment in April and return in early May.
Prior's agent, John Boggs, advocates a more cautious approach.
"I would hope we wouldn't try to expedite things," Boggs says. "As far as I'm concerned, we didn't want to be in a position where he'd be rushed into duty."
Prior, 27, missed all of last season after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder April 24. He could be major-league ready by mid to late May, according to the timetable outlined by his surgeon, Dr. James Andrews.
"To do it before that starts to cross boundaries of being prudent," Boggs said. "I'd like to see him by the end of May, June 1. I don't want to see it before then. Then I think you're trying to hurry something that shouldn't be hurried.
"We looked at different clubs and the Padres assured us they weren't going to rush the process. Mark has got to get to the point where his confidence is at a zenith, where he's not thinking about his arm, but thinking about getting outs."http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/7744