Friday, May 1, 2009

No more jokes: Prior's shoulder hurts

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 Padres
Righty might have to 'take a step back' in comeback attempt
What 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.

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.


ditmars1929 said...

Yes, Prior, and also Kerry Wood. Hmmm, is there a common thread there?

It is most unfortunate. Then again, durability is as much a part of the game as is talent, so perhaps it just wasn't meant to be. Very sad.

I would love to have seen the final career stats of Koufax if he lasted longer. Pedro too. And what I REALLY would've liked to have seen - Lou Gehrig had he played until his early 40s. That would've been amazing.

Alex K said...

When Mark was healthy, I didn't enjoy watching anyone more than him. Oh well, we'll always have 2003....I can't stand Dusty Baker.

tHeMARksMiTh said...

I'm actually surprised that he pitched in 2006.

Alex K said...

He didn't pitch much in 2006, and when he did it was not very good.

Jason @ IIATMS said...

Alex: Note that I didn't discuss Zambrano pulling a hammy running out a bunt. DH to the NL, NOW!