Injured Cubs making progress in rehab

Injured Cubs making progress

CHICAGO -- Cubs pitcher Mark Prior, shortstop Cesar Izturis and outfielder Jacque Jones all are making progress in their offseason rehab programs, athletic trainer Mark O'Neal said Friday.

Prior, limited to nine starts because of injuries, is working out six days a week in San Diego with a personal trainer, and they are focusing on a high intensity shoulder program.

O'Neal saw Prior before attending the Cubs organizational meetings earlier this month, and said he was pleased with the pitcher's effort. Prior, 26, has some looseness in his right shoulder.

Izturis ended the 2006 season with a sore hamstring, and an MRI exam done earlier this month revealed the inflammation was gone. O'Neal said he personally examined the shortstop, and gave him the green light to begin his offseason training program.

O'Neal expected to re-evaluate Izturis, 26, in Orlando, Fla., during the Winter Meetings on Dec. 4-7. If all goes well, the shortstop could begin running then.

Jones, 31, ended the season with some shoulder problems, but was able to take part in the MLB tour to Japan without a hitch. Now that he's back home, Jones has resumed his shoulder workout with the same personal trainer Prior is using.

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