This will be Prior's third start since coming off the disabled list, and his pitch count will still be monitored. Prior threw 71 pitches in his first start, against the White Sox, and 81 in his last, against the Nationals.
The right-hander has yet to beat the Braves, going 0-2 in two regular-season starts with a 6.35 ERA. He did collect a win in the 2003 National League Division Series against Atlanta.
The Cubs need a win to avoid matching their longest losing streak of the season (seven games).
RHP John Smoltz
9-5, 2.68 ERA in 2005
0-0, 3.86 ERA, one save vs. CHC in 2004
RHP Mark Prior
5-2, 2.86 ERA in 2005
0-1, 11.57 ERA vs. ATL in 2003
Player to watch
Let's see who's at first base on Wednesday, which will determine how serious Derrek Lee's shoulder injury is. Lee had to leave Tuesday's game after the first inning when he aggravated his left shoulder, which has bothered him for the last 10 days or so.
"You'd love to be able to snap your fingers and get some people to plug in, but it's very hard to do that. Deals aren't made that way. We're talking to clubs. We never go more than a couple weeks without talking to [general managers]." -- Cubs general manager Jim Hendry
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Official game notes
ATL: Fox Sports Net
CHC: Comcast Sports Net
ATL: WGST AM
CHC: WGN 720 AM
The Cubs were 2-1 at Turner Field last year. ... Michael Barrett is 5-for-14 against Smoltz, Jeromy Burnitz is 4-for-13, Todd Hollandsworth 5-for-18, Lee is 3-for-16, Neifi Perez is 8-for-19 and Aramis Ramirez 1-for-5, with that one hit a home run. ... Corey Patterson is 5-for-34 in the leadoff spot since volunteering to hit there on June 22.
Thursday: at Atlanta, 6:35 p.m. CT
Friday: at Florida, 6:35 p.m. CT
Saturday: at Florida, 5:05 p.m. CT