Mark Prior Makes First Rehab Start
Updated – 8:34pm C.T. with Report from Associated Press and 9:39pm C.T. with Report from Cubs.com
Mark Prior topped out around 90 MPH on the radar gun, but threw only 2 innings in his first of a reported 3 rehab starts. Prior threw only 18 pitches in the 1st inning and Ryan Harvey’s 1st inning error kept Prior from retiring the first 3 batters he faced in order on Monday afternoon in Peoria. He was ahead of 3 of the first 4 batters he faced, struck out 1 and retired the other 2 on fly balls to left and center.
Prior was less than effective in the 2nd inning and it took 26 pitches to retire the side. Prior gave up 3 runs, 2 earned on 4 hits, no walks and struck out 3 on 44 pitches and may make another start on Saturday against Fort Wayne at O’Brien Field in Peoria. The Cubs have not made an official announcement on when his next start will be. With 1-out in the 2nd, Jose Pineda hit a solo home run to left field (and as he touched home plate he tipped his cap) and Isaac Omura singled to center. Prior then struck out Raul Padron and gave up a single to Justin Sellers to load the bases. Michael Massaro then singled to center to score Omura and Sellers. Sellers scored on a throwing error by centerfielder Davy Gregg that got past the 3rd baseman, Prior was not backing up the throw and the ball went into the dugout. Prior struck out Nick Blasi to end the inning.
Prior was scheduled to throw only 45 pitches and he threw 44 and did not throw a pitch in the 3rd inning. He threw only a couple of sliders and most of his pitches were clocked in the 84-88 range.
Check back for Updates if any become available. WOAM carried the Kerry Wood press conference after his start earlier in the year in Peoria.
Update – WOAM did not carry the press conference and Peoria did lose the game to Kane County, 8-2. The announcers did say Prior mentioned he was working on his location and by their counts of the 44 pitches he threw, 2 were sliders and 2 were change-ups, the other 40 were fastballs. Here is the report from the Associated Press with quotes from Mark Prior and found in ‘Cubs News From The Wire’.
Update – Report from Cubs.com