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Baker Says Prior to Start Sunday

June 25, 2005

CHICAGO (AP) _ Mark Prior will return to the Chicago Cubs’ rotation and start Sunday’s game against the White Sox, manager Dusty Baker said Friday.

Prior has been on the disabled list since May 28 after he fractured his right elbow when he was hit by a line drive in a game against the Colorado Rockies the previous day.

Baker had planned to wait until Saturday before picking Sunday’s starter, but announced his decision to go with Prior after the Cubs’ 12-2 loss to the White Sox.

Prior began the season on the disabled list because of elbow inflammation and has been limited to nine starts this season. He is 4-1 with a 2.93 ERA. The Cubs have struggled lately without Prior and fellow starter Kerry Wood, and fell back to .500 with Friday’s loss.

The right-hander does not expect his pitch count to be limited.

``I didn’t miss that much time,″ Prior said. ``I started throwing 10 days after my injury. I wouldn’t come back unless I was ready.″

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