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Prior, Wood . . . Cincinnati

This is pure speculation on the part of a Chicago reporter, but I saw this at BTF this morning:

Baker keeping tabs on Cubs' Prior, Wood:  Both could be free agents, and Reds need pitching

All true, but of course it doesn't mean anything at this point.  More interesting to me is the parallel between Dusty's Cubs and the Reds when it comes to disclosing injuries.  Baker was reminded that the Cubs were more secretive during his watch in 2004, when the team insisted Prior's inactivity that spring was related to ''right Achilles tendinitis'' -- the ailment still listed in the Cubs' media guide for the pitcher's two-month stint on the disabled list -- instead of elbow trouble that eventually was reported by the Sun-Times.  ''I know what it was,'' Baker said. ''I'm not going to say.''  

It's frustrating to follow a team that consistently misleads you on diagnoses and when a player will return.  And I don't see the benefit.  I'll keep my hand-wringing to a minimum this morning, but it will be interesting to see what the front office says about Jr.'s groin injury this winter and next spring.

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