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Prior questionable for ASG
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07/12/2003  2:46 PM ET 
Prior questionable for ASG
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs pitcher Mark Prior suffered a bruised right shoulder in his collision on Friday with Atlanta's Marcus Giles and his status for Tuesday's All-Star Game was questionable.

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Height: 6'5"
Weight: 220
Bats/Throws: R/R

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Prior said Saturday he felt fine and needed only a couple aspirin to alleviate some of the soreness.

"I went to the Bon Jovi concert [Friday] night, hung out, came home, slept good," he said. "I feel fine."

Cubs team physician Dr. Michael Schafer examined Prior Friday and again Saturday and reported the right-hander showed improvement since the collision in the second inning with the Braves second baseman.

Normally, Prior does weight lifting exercises the day after he pitches but he was restricted on Saturday. Can he pitch Tuesday for the National League team?

"Yet to be determined, I would say," Cubs trainer Dave Tumbas said.

In hindsight, the Cubs probably should've kept Prior out of the game rather than have him return. Giles left the game with a concussion, Prior stayed and went 4 2/3 innings.

"He has plenty of determination and desire," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said of Prior. "What's being questioned right now is, when you're younger, is that a smart thing to do for you and your future? When a player tells you he's OK, it's hard to take a guy out when he says he's OK. Mark wants to pitch all the time. He never wants to come out of the game."

Prior said he wants to pitch in the All-Star Game, to be played at U.S. Cellular Field.

"I wouldn't be upset [if Baker decides to not use him]," Prior said. "My job is for this team. If he thinks I shouldn't pitch, and gives me a couple days off, that's fine. I'd like to throw if I'm available. I want to be there and enjoy the experience. But for me if it's better to hold off to help this team to win our division, I think that's the most important thing.

"Whether I pitch or don't pitch, I think it'll have the same effect. To be around the All-Star Game and watching those players is a lot of fun."

"When you have a collision like that a lot of times you don't know the outcome until the next day," Baker said. "When you're out there playing and your adrenaline is flowing, you don't know. He said he was sore. Knock on wood, hopefully we dodged that bullet."

Prior said he doesn't remember ever having such a serious accident on the field.

"I don't think I've ever done anything maybe as dumb as that before," he said. "You live and learn."

Prior was at first and trying to advance to second base on Mark Grudzielanek's groundout when he crashed into Giles. At 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, Prior definitely had the edge over Giles, who is 5-8, 180.

"Honestly, I didn't realize I hit him as hard as I did," Prior said. "When I saw the replay, I saw where his neck was going and how it got bent and I saw how he was laying on the ground. I guess it's good I wasn't as aware of what was going on while I was out there because I would've been more worried about him. It's unfortunate, he had to go to the hospital. From what I hear, he's doing all right."

Giles was treated and released at Illinois Masonic Hospital for a mild concussion. His status for the All-Star Game was questionable. He was voted in as the starting second baseman.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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