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Mark Prior expected to attempt “one more comeback”

Feb 5, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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From Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes column in the Boston Globe:

Mark Prior, RHP, free agent – He will likely attempt one more comeback. He spent some of last season with the Yankees, his rebuilt arm holding up well and getting his velocity into the low 90s. But Prior, who was the Stephen Strasburg of his day, has a new problem. After many weeks of trying to figure out what was wrong with the lower half of his body, he had surgery for a sports hernia, but the problem wasn’t completely corrected. He is working out near his home in San Diego, trying to figure it out. He will likely work out for teams as early as March.

Prior, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2001 MLB Amateur Draft, registered a promising 2.25 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 15/4 K/BB ratio across 12 minor league innings last year. He hasn’t appeared in a major league game since the 2006 season, but he could score a spring training invitation if he’s healthy and throwing well before spring training concludes.

  1. metalhead65 - Feb 5, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    the reds are aleays looking for veteran help, he should sign with them. he would be reunited with Dusty and since it worked out so great with him the first time why not a second go round? oh wait…… nevermind. but he could be a big help to the young guys on the staff telling them what to expect when under go the surgery that they surely will under baker and how to handle the rehab when they do.

  2. natsattack - Feb 5, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    12 inning? I think this was mentioned before.

  3. cereal blogger - Feb 5, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    He would fit nicely with the O’s & their 20 man SP competition

  4. micker716 - Feb 5, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Just can’t see wasting a minor league roster spot on Prior. It’s been 6 years since he was a MLB-caliber pitcher. Time to move on.

  5. yettyskills - Feb 5, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Top of the 8th
    Cubs lead
    Prior pitching a gem….

    Bartman, Gonzalez, Farnsworth
    Game over

  6. eastcoastcynic - Feb 5, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    The Mariners could use a fourth or fifth starter and a middle inning relief pitcher. I hope he works out for them.

  7. farvite - Feb 6, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    Shame this guy fizzled out.

    I’ll never forget his filthy curve.

    Hope he gets another chance and it pans out for him.

  8. Old Gator - Feb 6, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    I hope this guy leaves his body to science. With so many things going wrong all the time, it’d be a great opportunity for some medical school students to study the biological aspects of Murphy’s Law. The problem, of course, is that male cadavers aren’t much fun – no lithopedions.

  9. chalkruz1989 - Feb 10, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    When Mark Prior and Kerry Wood were in their prime, I was a young-teenager and I could remember always imitating the two, though I was a bigger fan of Prior because of his USC background. The main issue with the sport of baseball is the non-stop grind they have to endure. And while some players manage to avoid any serious injury concerns, it’s those such as Prior, Wood, and others that really see their careers crumble. Needless to say, I’d love to see all athletes avoid serious injuries and be able to play to their capability from start to finish but that’s not how it goes.

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