Apr 18 Cubs' manager Dusty Baker reacted angrily on Saturday to Internet rumors that Mark Prior would miss the entire season because of his injured right Achilles' tendon. "Hey, man, that's a lie," Baker told the Chicago Tribune. "No, Prior isn't out for the season. He threw the ball good [Friday] and Prior didn't feel any soreness [Saturday]. Very positive signs. Seems like on the Internet today you can say whatever you want to say. Nobody is held accountable for what they say." Prior did not pitch at all during spring training and is currently in the process of re-building enough arm strength and durability to pitch. It's interesting to note that Prior told reporters this week that his injury was more in his ankle area and the pain is extending into his Achilles. Views: Another day, another rumor about Prior. At some point, you start ignoring all of them. What we know for certain is that April is more than half over and Prior is nowhere near ready to pitch yet. The most optimistic speculation on his return is mid-May, and that's with no setbacks.
Apr 18 The Chicago Tribune's Fred Mitchell reports Chicago Cubs manager Dusty Baker is getting disgusted with the rumors flying around regarding P Mark Prior (Achilles). "I don't know who's putting that out. Some people say I said it and I am tired of people putting words in my mouth when I didn't say it. If it came out of my mouth I would tell the Chicago media before I would tell somebody else," Baker said. "No, Prior isn't out for the season. He threw the ball good Friday and Prior didn't feel any soreness Saturday. Very positive signs. Seems like on the Internet today you can say whatever you want to say. Nobody is held accountable for what they say."
from yahoo sports...and fanball. The manager is the man to listen to.
i dont recall reading that he will be out for the year. what i read was that he wont pitch until he is pain free. no one knows when he will be pain free. there is no timetable for his return. therefore, it is possible he could miss the entire season.
I don't think that we can REALLY say that the article was a lie until we know what happens to Prior. They MAY be right and they MAY not...
Even if they turn out to be correct, they are guessing, rather than basing it on any knowledge, taking a little blurb, perhaps one lifted out of context, and extrapolating a diagnosis. I said in the other thread that I'd CONSIDER buying it if they had dropped some dough on a team of sports doctors and biomechanical engineers to analyze the 'problem' but, w/o some 'evidence' besides a short blurb from Rothschild, probably lifted out of context.
Oddly, the story doesn't appear to be on the ESPN site today, even though several from earlier in the week are there.
I wouldn't take a whole lot of stock in the rumors flying around about Prior, but the last person I would believe is the manager. Maybe baseball managers are different (and Dusty is not, as thehat seems to suggest), but certainly managers and coaches in other sports lie all the time about the status of their players. Prior is not pitching until May at the earliest, and that's the only thing anyone should believe.
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