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Mark Prior scratched due to sore shoulder

Aug 23, 2011, 6:57 PM EDT

Mark Prior Reuters

Good thing I already have a macro for this one…

Right-hander Mark Prior was scratched from his scheduled appearance with the GCL Yankees on Tuesday because of shoulder discomfort.

Prior had made six appearances in the Rookie league over the past 2 1/2 weeks, allowing one run and two hits in six innings.  He struck out 12 and walked two in that span.  Unfortunately, his shoulder has once again let him down.

Even though his velocity isn’t what it was, Prior has shown major league ability while on the mound this season.  Of course, he’s pitched just 12 innings after missing most of the first half with a groin injury.  Plus, he hasn’t tried working on back-to-back days and he’s gone multiple innings just once, so he hasn’t undergone any of the tests he’d need to pass in order to actually land a spot on a major league roster.

Hopefully, Prior decides to keep at it next year, because he is closer to pulling off a successful comeback now than he has been at any point in the last five years.  That doesn’t mean it will happen, but it’d be nice to at least see him come back and contribute as a middle reliever or a setup man.

  1. robertterwilliger - Aug 23, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    dusty baker is going to ruin his career!

    …wait it’s 2004 right?

  2. nudeman - Aug 23, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    This guy will NEVER pitch in the makor leagues again. NEVER

    I don’t know of he’s soft, as some have suggested, or if it’s fate, or he’ just an orthopedic disaster. But as a Cubs fan, I am so sick of seeing stories about Prior and Wood on the DL, I want to puke.

    Please … both of you, just go away.

  3. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 23, 2011 at 11:42 PM

    Prior should probably take a full year off and just rest and not pick up a ball for a entire year. Then come back and see if he has anything left. He probably wouldnt but sometimes a full year off seems to help pitchers

    • nudeman - Aug 24, 2011 at 11:29 AM

      Already has tried that.
      Didn’t work.
      How about this idea: Get a fucking job

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