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Mark Prior is between injuries again

Jul 13, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

Mark Prior Reuters

Mark Prior has been sidelined for the past three months with a groin injury, but is finally healthy enough to return to the mound today in a rookie-ball game.

Prior threw two innings against Gulf Coast League hitters from the Braves’ organization, allowing one hit and an unearned run.

According to the Associated Press he threw 24 pitches and topped out at 90 miles per hour with his fastball, which is quite a bit lower than reports of his velocity at Triple-A in April.

Back then the Yankees thought his injury was minor, but as he’s unfortunately shown over the years there’s no such thing as a minor injury for Prior. He’s still just 30 years old, but hasn’t pitched in the majors since way back in 2006 with the Cubs.

  1. kinggeorge96 - Jul 13, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Nice to hear he’s still breathing… I wasn’t sure there for a while…..

  2. cintiphil - Jul 13, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    Not a good story for him. I feel that he is just an injury prone athlete who had talent. and, I do not blame Dusty Baker for any of this. He had a talent that could have led to a HOF bid. He was not just a “potential” star, but an actual star. Too bad, he had great ability, but I would guess he will never meet expectations.

  3. Joe - Jul 14, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    We need to get a photo that morphs Rich Prior with Mark Harden and just use the one photo for all stories about their injuries. Because I always have to think a minute to remember which is which.

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