On the Cubs' Pitching Woes

The ghost of Murphy’s Goat hates us. The ghost of John McGraw hates us. From the wire reports in today’s Raleigh newspaper:

Kerry Wood will not pitch in the season-opening series in Arizona, but the Chicago Cubs are hopeful he will be ready for the team’s opening homestand a few days later.

And when that’s considered good news, you know there’s trouble.

The lack of progress Mark Prior has shown suggests his rehab program will be significantly longer than Wood’s and there is no timetable for Mark Prior’s return. The swelling in his right elbow hasn’t subsided enough for any concrete plan of action.

“We’ll just see where it goes and as soon as the inflammation’s gone, we’ll accelerate the throwing program,” pitching coach Larry Rothschild said.

“I don’t think until we get to that point we have to do a daily [update] on where Mark Prior is because, as he gets to throwing more, you’ll obviously know that.”

As Bart Simpson might say, “Ay carumba!

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A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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