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Prior throws off the mound

Associated Press

Mark Prior gave the Chicago Cubs some encouraging news when he threw off a mound for the first time in two weeks.

Prior was sidelined by an inflamed right Achilles' tendon. He threw 25 to 30 pitches Tuesday, the Cubs' off day, general manager Jim Hendry said in Mesa, Ariz. The session was closed to reporters, but Hendry said Prior had "no discomfort" and that things "went exactly as we had hoped."

The right-hander tentatively is scheduled to start Chicago's third game of the season, April 8 at Cincinnati, but it's unclear if he'll be ready in time. He's slated to play catch today and throw from a mound Thursday.

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