- Jerry Crasnick, ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer
It's typically considered a bizarre occurrence when a pitcher is struck on his throwing arm with a line drive. The Chicago Cubs have had it happen three times already this season, which says a lot about the way things are going on the corner of Clark and Addison.
Friday's mishap was the scariest of all. When a Brad Hawpe hot shot ricocheted off Mark Prior's elbow in the fourth inning of Chicago's 10-3 win over Colorado, players and coaches in both dugouts feared the worst. "The first thing that goes through your mind is, 'Oh no, I hope it's not as serious as it looks,' " Cubs manager Dusty Baker told reporters after the game. "It kind of makes you sick to your stomach, actually."
With Cubs officials confirming Mark Prior has a "hairline fracture" or a crack in his elbow, replacement options look bleak.