Prior Shows Improvement Second Time Around

Mark Prior’s Second Rehab Start and Roster Moves in the Minors…Dopirak Back and Greenberg Released

Mark Prior took the hill for his second rehab start for the Peoria Chiefs at O’Brien Field against the Fort Wayne Wizards (San Diego Padres) on Saturday night. The third sellout crowd of the season saw a much improved Mark Prior. Prior retired the Wizards on 18 pitches in the first two innings and only allowed an infield hit until the 4th inning. Prior hit 90 MPH on the radar gun several times and twice in the 4th when he struck out the side. Prior threw more breaking balls, including two curve balls in the 5th that registered just 75 MPH on the gun and had better location than in his previous start.

More on Prior’s rehab and Roster Moves from down on the farm…. Mark Prior threw 59 pitches in his 5 innings of work and 42 were for strikes. Prior struck out 5 and gave up a run on 3 hits and did not allow a walk. The Wizards scored on back-to-back doubles in the 4th before Prior struck out Kyle Banks, William Venable and Daryl Jones, all in order, to end the inning. Prior did throw a wild pitch but averaged just under 12 pitches per inning and was much more Prior-like than his previous start. Prior retired the side in order on just 8 pitches in the 5th.

Prior was scheduled to throw 70 pitches and finished his evening in the bullpen. Will update if any more information becomes available and the Cubs have not released when or where Mark Prior will make another rehab start.

Roster Moves – West Tenn Diamond Jaxx - On June 2nd the Cubs activated Brian Dopirak from the DL. Dopirak went on the DL after the first game of the season and was 2 for 4 in his first game back against the Tennessee Smokies. In order to make room for Dopirak at West Tenn, the Cubs released Adam Greenberg. Greenberg was only hitting .179 without a home run and only 1 RBI in 32 games with the Diamond Jaxx.