It's hard to envision Prior pitching for the Cubs any earlier than May. He got a second opinion about his right Achilles tendinitis Saturday, which is a clue to how badly matters are going, and learned nothing new that would explain why his inflammation has recurred this week.
''Today I woke up and I can't move because my back is killing me,'' Prior said of a new ailment he believes will quickly subside. ''I just slept on it wrong. [The first homestand] is probably out of the question. We had tentative dates. Right now, we're not putting a timetable on it.''
"I had some stiffness in my elbow and shoulder, but everything is fine,'' Prior said.