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Yankees promote Mark Prior to Triple-A … and put him on DL

Apr 20, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

Mark Prior Reuters

Mark Prior reported to Single-A after signing a minor-league contract with the Yankees, but after allowing two runs in three innings there they promoted him to Triple-A. And now–you may want to sit down for this–he’s on the disabled list.

The good news is that is has nothing to do with his arm, as the DL stint is for a groin injury that the Yankees believe isn’t particularly serious. Still, the fact that he lasted just four total appearances before needing a break is an all too predictable setback for Prior’s efforts to resurrect his career as a reliever.

Reports of Prior’s velocity have been pretty encouraging dating back to spring training, so if he can get off the disabled list and stay healthy for a while he definitely has a chance to enter into the bullpen mix for the Yankees in the second half.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Apr 20, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Aaron, I do appreciate the Prior updates. They really do remind me of certain things that are inevitable and cannot, or at the very least should not, be altered from their proper course (the sun, moon, stars, gravity, Mark Prior).

  2. yankeesfanlen - Apr 20, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    What a surprise! Don’t we take the extended warranty with these guys?

    • nyyankeefanforever - Apr 21, 2011 at 12:52 AM

      You don’t get warranties on anything purchased “as is” for pennies at a fire sale or a dollar store. Prior isn’t costing us the price of a bag of balls. Neither is Millwood or, by the way, Garcia or Colon. So far, looks like we’re batting 1.000 with the warrantyless “as is” guys we’ve brought to the show.

      Like Aaron said, if Prior manages to show up in the Bronx pen later in the season — even if it’s just to burn a couple of innings to save our regular middle relievers for the stretch run — it’s all gravy.

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