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Mark Prior works back-to-back games as reliever at Single-A

Apr 11, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

Mark Prior Reuters

Sent all the way down to Single-A at age 30 to continue his comeback as a reliever, Mark Prior pitched in back-to-back games over the weekend and threw a pair of scoreless innings.

Prior told the Associated Press afterward that his arm “feels fine” and his fastball reportedly averaged 90 miles per hour.

He can opt out of his minor-league contract with the Yankees by mid-June if he’s not in the majors, but as always with Prior staying healthy between now and then will be every bit as important as his actual performance.

Presumably if he continues to pitch well and stay injury free at Single-A the Yankees will move him up the minor-league ladder to test Prior against some hitters who aren’t a decade his junior.

  1. youcantpredictbaseball - Apr 11, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    I think the only reason he is in Single-A is because it’s warm in Florida. Once it heats up in Scranton, he’ll be there.

  2. kinggeorge96 - Apr 11, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    yea, he had no trouble during spring trainng. he’s just keeping warm as to not create an unnecessary injury. he nneds to be handled with kid gloves so he doesn’t break…

  3. kcroyal - Apr 11, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Good to hear. Probably the only Yankee I’ll admit to rooting for.

  4. mercyflush - Apr 11, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    There have been some great Mark Prior items at The Onion over the years…

    “Mark Prior Just Needs To Stop By Hospital For A Sec To Get Some T.J. Surgery”

    “Disabled List Offers Mark Prior Two-Year, $8 Million Extension.”

    “After missing the first three months of the 2006 season with a strained shoulder, Prior was able to fight back to the majors and strain his left oblique hard enough to miss the rest of the season”

  5. baseballisboring - Apr 11, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    I never thought I’d say this about anyone…but I hope Prior comes up and pitches well for the Yankees. That’s a story you really can’t root against.

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