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Wednesday, March 16, 2005; Page D05

Injured pitchers Kerry Wood and Mark Prior are scheduled to throw today at the Cubs' camp.

Wood, who has not pitched since March 9 because of bursitis in his right shoulder and irritation around the rotator-cuff muscles, will throw 20 to 30 pitches from the mound, pitching coach Larry Rothschild said. Prior, sidelined by inflammation around the ulnar nerve in his right elbow, will play catch on flat ground.

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"One of the things I've said from the beginning is that [ Barry Bonds] doesn't need a whole lot of competition. He still has time to make Opening Day."

-- Giants trainer Stan Conte about the San Francisco slugger, who has not played in a spring training game yet. Bonds is rehabilitating his right knee after undergoing arthroscopic surgery during the offseason.

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Wood is scheduled to start on Opening Day on April 4 at Arizona. Prior is slated to follow the next day. But Rothschild and Manager Dusty Baker said yesterday that they might have to reconsider the order of the rotation because of the health of the two aces.

"I don't want to assume right now without talking to them first," said Baker, whose team is off today. "We'll address this after we come back from the break and see how Prior and Wood feel . . . and we'll get a better idea how to recondition them." . . .

Sean Burroughs is getting demoted -- in the batting order, that is. And he couldn't be happier.

Now that the Padres have a true leadoff hitter in Dave Roberts, Burroughs has been dropped all the way down to the eighth spot, where he figures he'll be a lot more comfortable. "I love it," he said.

-- From News Services


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