From CBS Sportsline...
Dusty Baker denies Prior rumors
Mark Prior, SP CHC
News: Cubs manager Dusty Baker vehemently shot down the report in Sunday's Newark Star-Ledger that he is confiding to close friends that Mark Prior's injury status is "bleak" and that anonymous "baseball executives" say Prior might need Tommy John surgery. "I guess somebody is trying to start something," Baker said. "People are saying I'm telling intimate friends that? I don't have any intimate friends like that I'd tell, No. 1, and No. 2, it's a lie. That's as big a lie as I've ever heard, and I wish whoever started this or wrote this would leave my name out of it."
Analysis: As expected, it sounds like talk that Prior's injury is severe enough to require Tommy John surgery is pure rumor. However, he's still pretty much at the rehabilitation stage where most pitchers were at when spring training opened, so his return is in the fairly distant future. Monitor Prior's situation closely, as it's unlikely he'll be ready to help a Fantasy team in the next month or two.