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Mark Prior attempts another comeback

Jun 29, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

This gets a little sadder each time.

Mark Prior is trying to make a comeback.

We
see this almost every year now, and every year it ends badly, but that
has yet to deter the former phenom.  He’ll work out for major league
clubs at USC tomorrow. According to Tracy Ringolsby, most teams will
have a scout in attendance.

Prior, of course, was once talked about in close to the same way
we’re all now talking about Stephen Strasburg. He got the big bonus and
he made the big splash, going 18-6 with a 2.43 ERA in 2003. But then, be
it due to overwork, poor mechanics, bad juju or the whammy, developed
shoulder problems and made a mere 57 big
league starts after that.

It’d be a nice story if he could make a
comeback. Just don’t hold your breath.

  1. Buccofan - Jun 29, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    At the time he was drafted, the scouts’ description of Prior’s mechanics was that they were “perfect”. It’s interesting how their view changed retroactively once he got screwed up.

  2. CYGNUS X-1 - Jun 29, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    he should sign with the reds so he can mentor thier young pitchers on how to deal with the rehab they will be going thru once dusty finishes overworking them and they devlop arm problems and have to go under the knife.

  3. Andy L - Jun 29, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Please explain to me the scientific nature of “the whammy.”

  4. Craig Calcaterra - Jun 29, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    Don’t go quoting Agent Scully on me, Andy, or I may have to kiss you.

  5. JBerardi - Jun 29, 2010 at 3:58 PM

    Inverted W. Look it up.

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