Prior Done For Season

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Padres pitcher Mark Prior has opted for another shoulder surgery on his right shoulder, shutting him down for at least this season. Prior was in extended spring training when he felt the soreness, and that was when he returned to San Diego for an examination: "I can't imagine how frustrated he is," Black said. "It looked like everything was on course. Then to have this happen I'm sure is extremely frustrating. I'm upset for him just because there was such confidence from him about how he felt." Prior is 42-29 with a 3.51 ERA over his career, having last pitched in August of 2006.

Prior is a free agent after this season and if he shows promise in his recovery by the end of the season, they may resign him. The Padres might just cut their losses and let him be someone else's project.


Anonymous 8:57 PM CDT  

Prior will sign with the Padres in 2009 for a minimal amount. Even though he lost the 2008 season, Prior realizes the support the Padres gave him. He needs that now because the battle is both physical AND mental. The Padres are the perfect place for him, though his paycheck will be minimal.

Anonymous 9:42 PM CDT  

Prior is a giant turd, sponsored by Vagisil.

Bucky, NY 4:41 PM CDT  

Just retire!

Anonymous 7:39 AM CDT  

At this point, Prior is a dirt-cheap gamble for the Padres with a large potential upside. I can see him finally getting healthy and coming back next year in relief - maybe following Kerry Wood into a closer role for the Pads.

Sessyman 8:46 AM CDT  

Old, But... fitting: