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Postby GucciBaseballs » Thu Apr 15, 2004 8:24 pm

According to ESPN player news:

SKINNY: Prior still feels a periodic twinge in his right elbow, but believes it's normal and not career-threatening as he seeks to regain strength and endurance in the arm, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. In fact, the Cubs think Prior could be back by early-to-mid May.

THis twinge is a little scary, but an early to mid may return? Now thats what i'm talking about. If he only misses April, I still think he be will the best SP in fantasy baseball. I'm not even sure i would trade him for Pedro, would you? Your take
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Postby ATPoole » Thu Apr 15, 2004 8:31 pm

Early to mid-May is WAY to optimistic I think. I would be ecstatic if he did come back that early AND FULLY healthy.

But I've already got it in my head that Prior won't be available until after the All-Star break. That keeps me at least somewhat sane and if he comes back before that - Bonus!!!
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Postby GucciBaseballs » Thu Apr 15, 2004 8:43 pm

i don't think it is worth it to pencil him in for after the all-star break. The cubs are being over cautious with Prior and I believe he will be back sometime in May.
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Postby LBJackal » Thu Apr 15, 2004 8:55 pm

Prior has the same injury as Nomar. Nobody is suggesting Nomar will be out till after the All-Star break. The arm injury, I'm pretty sure, is due to not throwing much over the past month. Once he gets used to throwing a ball again, mid-late May doesn't seem unrealistic. Think of now as his spring training. People getting worked up over his arm soreness are probably thinking 3 more months of DL because there were rumours of TJ being needed. Well if the ligament is 100%, which and MRI proved to be correct, then TJ is totally out of the question.

My prediction: May 19th. Why? I don't know. But people thinking late-July/August are crazy.
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Postby wrveres » Fri Apr 16, 2004 3:50 am

LBJackal wrote:
My prediction: May 19th. Why? I don't know. But people thinking late-July/August are crazy.


LBJ ... 10 pitches during an outing? only 10? and that his "Spring Training" ... naww, I don't see it, something is up. This is not normal, soreness after 10 pitches.
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Postby LBJackal » Fri Apr 16, 2004 4:00 am

Maybe they were being extra cautious, I dunno. But I dont think it'll be a long-term injury. The MRI showed nothing. Maybe mid May is too early, but the AS break is way too late.
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Postby Lofunzo » Fri Apr 16, 2004 5:17 am

I don't know how this can be compared to Nomar's situation when this injury has hampered Prior since last year.
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Postby thetruth » Fri Apr 16, 2004 6:19 am

this news doesnt sound too optimistic to me. optomistic would have been if there was nothing wrong with that right arm. seems like bad news. :-?
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