At some point, the running joke about Mark Prior's injury history ceases to be funny and an overall sadness about a ravaged potential takes over. I've been more of the latter than the former, but just seeing this headline drives it home:
Prior reports shoulder soreness to PadresWhat a shame. I/we can only wonder what this kid's career could have been like if not for the injuries, misuse (Dusty, I'm looking at you) and general bad luck that resulted in so many surgeries.
Righty might have to 'take a step back' in comeback attempt
Can it be that Prior hasn't pitched in the majors since 2006?!? Really. Stunning.
Right-hander Mark Prior, who hasn't pitched in the Major Leagues since 2006, reported soreness in his right shoulder after a bullpen session on Tuesday...
Prior, who has had two significant surgeries to his right shoulder since 2007, had not reached the point yet where he was throwing to live hitters.