Sunday, April 25, 2004

Prior throws 50 pitches off mound

Baseball notebook

The Associated Press

CHICAGO - Mark Prior threw 50 pitches off the mound Saturday without problems and could pitch a simulated game as early as next week.

The Cubs' right-hander will have two days off before another mound session Tuesday in Arizona, where the Cubs play the Diamondbacks.

If that goes well, pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Prior will throw simulated games at the Cubs' minor league complex in Mesa, Ariz.

ROYALS: Pitcher Kevin Appier was placed on the disabled list because of a sore elbow, one of six roster moves by Kansas City.

The Royals, 1-8 in their last nine games, activated closer Mike MacDougal from the disabled list, and promoted right-handed reliever Justin Huisman and outfielder David DeJesus from Omaha of the Pacific Coast League.

The Royals also designated rookie outfielder Rich Thompson for assignment, and optioned reliever D.J. Carrasco to Omaha.

Appier, who had elbow surgery in September to repair a flexor tendon tear, walked off the mound after 15 pitches and facing only four Minnesota batters Friday night, complaining of pain in his elbow.

METS: Third baseman Ty Wigginton was released from the hospital Saturday after being treated for an ulcer.

Wigginton planned to spend the weekend at home before returning to NYU Medical Center on Monday for more tests.

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