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Prior Joins Wood on Cubs' Sideline

Tuesday, March 15, 2005; Page D05

With Kerry Wood already out, the Cubs' pitching staff took another jolt yesterday when it was announced that Mark Prior had been sidelined indefinitely with inflammation in his right elbow.

Wood, slated to start on Opening Day, is sidelined with bursitis in his right shoulder.

Mark Prior pitched Thursday against Seattle, then felt discomfort in his elbow doing exercises after the game. (Lenny Ignelzi -- AP)

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The team's trainer, Mark O'Neal, said Monday that Prior, 24, has some inflammation in the elbow joint and a little irritation to the ulnar nerve, which runs the length of the arm.

Prior missed the first two months of last season because of tendinitis in his right Achilles' tendon and stiffness in his pitching elbow. Last July, he missed a start because of discomfort in the elbow. But Prior and O'Neal both said the current injury was not related to last year's problem.

Prior made his Cactus League debut Thursday, pitching three innings against Seattle. He said he felt discomfort in the elbow while doing some routine exercises after the game.

General Manager Jim Hendry said Prior saw Lewis Yocum, an elbow specialist, over the weekend and had a precautionary MRI exam that revealed no nerve damage.

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