MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Ailing Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Mark
Prior worked four-plus innings in a simulated game Monday before
the Cubs lost 11-7 to the Seattle Mariners.
Prior threw 51 pitches against minor-league hitters. He hasn't
pitched in a Cactus League game since March 10 because of
inflammation and irritation in his right elbow and around the ulnar
nerve."I felt better today than I had all spring," Prior said.The Cubs will wait to see how Prior feels over the next two days
before determining the next step in his rehab. If Prior feels good,
he could pitch in a minor-league game Saturday or travel to Las
Vegas and pitch in an exhibition game against the Mariners.In Monday's game, the Mariners scored four runs in the top of
the ninth inning to break a 7-all tie.Cubs reliever Chad Fox threw three wild pitches in the ninth
inning, and two scored runs. Raul Ibanez also added a two-run
double.The Cubs had 12 hits while the Mariners finished with 11.
Chicago's spring record slipped to 12-15. Seattle improved to
11-13.Mariners starter Ryan Franklin worked 5 2-3 innings and gave up
nine hits and seven runs. He walked three and struck out three.Cubs starter Glendon Rusch worked three innings and allowed four
hits and three runs. He struck out five and didn't allow a walk.