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Mark Prior strikes out five straight batters in independent ball

Aug 12, 2010, 1:17 PM EST

Mark Prior’s latest (and perhaps last) comeback attempt is with the independent league Orange County Flyers and he struck out five straight batters while tossing two shutout innings last night.
Prior is working as a reliever and is scheduled to pitch again Saturday. So far he has six strikeouts versus one hit and two walks in three innings since signing last week.
He hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2006 and hasn’t been healthy and effective since 2005, going through multiple arm surgeries during that time. He’s still a month shy of 30 years old and it presumably won’t take many more strong outings in Orange County for Prior to get a minor-league deal from an MLB team.

  1. El Bravo - Aug 12, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Please, please can we call it a comeback yet? He’s totally been here for years.

  2. Cheap Seat Chronicles - Aug 12, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    Dear Minnesota Twins,
    Why the hell not?!

    Love,
    Cheap Seat Chronicles

  3. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 12, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    He could be a great asset for a team like the Phillies, whose bullpen stinks. If they were to bring him in, before Sept. 1, he could be on the playoff roster and, in certain situations, be a big plus. I’ll take him over a guy like Dannys Baez any day of the week.

  4. birdmancometh - Aug 12, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    He’s not going to be on a major league roster by Sept 1st.

  5. birdmancometh - Aug 12, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    In my opinion, of course.

  6. doctorfunke - Aug 12, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    I like it. Something told me Perk at play wasn’t the answer.

  7. Trevor B - Aug 12, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    I’d love for the Twin’s to sign Prior.

  8. tda - Aug 12, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    could prior become the ultimate dave duncan reclamation job – the masterpiece of his storied career? i hope the cards give it a try..

  9. Ick McWang - Aug 12, 2010 at 7:09 PM

    watch the Rays give him a flier.

  10. phaseetious - Aug 13, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    The Orioles should sign him and have him start every day Strasburg is scheduled.

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