Thursday, March 15, 2007

Floyd, Ramirez homer, but bad news for Prior, Wood

The Chicago Cubs routed the Seattle Mariners (ss) 9-3 earlier today, as Floyd and Ramirez both hit homers. Soriano went 3-for-3 and scored twice while Lilly threw 3 2/3 innings, allowing four hits and an earned run, but was displeased about his control.

The news surrounding Cubs camp, however, is the future status of pitchers Mark Prior and Kerry Wood.

Prior will go on to make his previously scheduled start in minor league camp on Friday, but reports indicate that he may not break camp with the big club, putting Wade Miller solidly in the lead for the fifth spot in the rotation. Also, Kerry Wood suffered a minor strain in his right arm, but luckily for the team, his modulus of elasticity isn't that high, so the stress on the team won't be all that great (sorry, you engineers got the joke though). His status is day-to-day.

If Prior and Wood don't make the team, Guzman is almost a shoe-in for the bullpen, but Piniella is going to want to carry twelve pitchers, especially in April, meaning there are still two spots to fill (previously filled by Novoa and Wuertz). Cherry seems like he'll make the team, but the last spot is still undecided.

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