Prior to throw simulated game Tuesday

Prior to throw simulated game

MILWAUKEE -- Mark Prior may be back to face the Chicago White Sox.

The Chicago Cubs pitcher will throw a simulated game on Tuesday at Miller Park, his second such test since he was hit on the right elbow by a line drive on May 27. Prior threw about 60 pitches on Friday at Yankee Stadium in his first simulated game since suffering the compressed fracture.

Usually, a pitcher would throw every fifth day, which means Prior's next simulated game would have been Wednesday. But Cubs manager Dusty Baker said pitching coach Larry Rothschild and Prior decided to move the session up one day.

"He and Larry mapped it out," Baker said Monday. "[Prior] feels good. He's going to do a sim [Tuesday] and hopefully he can go a little further."

Prior is not expected to go to the Minor Leagues for a rehab start, which Kerry Wood is doing now to rehab from a strained right shoulder.

"It's kind of on him, too," Baker said of Prior's decision. "He wasn't crazy about a rehab the last time. When you're pitching against Minor League guys and they're hitting around pretty good, it messes with your psyche and confidence. A lot depends on how he comes out of it tomorrow."

If Tuesday is the last simulated game, and Prior is pronounced fit, he could be inserted into the Cubs rotation for Sunday's Interleague game against the White Sox.

"It's a possibility," Baker said. "It's not out of the realm of possibility. We'll see how he does [Tuesday] first."

Prior was 4-1 with a 2.93 ERA in nine starts before he was hurt.

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