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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Saturday, May 28, 2005
Cubs - DLed Prior
Chicago Cubs - Placed P Mark Prior on the 15-day DL; recalled P Roberto Novoa.
Brad Hawpe, Legend Killer.
Well, maybe not. Still, unless you’re a Cards fan, it hurts to see something like this happen to one of the most talented players on the planet. Even the Cubs all but admitted it was serious right off the bat (pardon the pun). The big worry now isn’t Prior in 2005, it’s Prior in 2006, 2007, and other years to come.
On a related note, hopefully this will silence the people who rail endlessly about the armor batters wear to the plate (though less recently thanks to MLB). Baseballs colliding with body parts is a dangerous thing and baseball gains nothing by having athletes out with major injuries that could have been prevented. Especially when actually enforcing a rule already on the books (players not getting out of the way of HBP) would fix the downside. Batting armor wouldn’t have helped Prior in this case since he was pitching, not batting, of course, but the next player writhing in agony after shattering a bone may be in a situation that could have been prevented.
Oh, the Cubs called Roberto Novoa up. He is, uh, not as good as Prior. The Prior projection below isn’t to show what the Cubs will get but what they miss. And what we all will miss in the future if Prior doesn’t come back the same pitcher.
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