THE CONTINUED PAMPERING OF MARK PRIOR
I’m still laughing over this one. From Fox Sports:
Padres right-hander Mark Prior is expected to throw off a mound
within the next week, and club officials believe he might start a
minor-league rehabilitation assignment in April and return in early May.
Prior’s agent, John Boggs, advocates a more cautious approach.”I
would hope we wouldn’t try to expedite things,” Boggs says. “As far as
I’m concerned, we didn’t want to be in a position where he’d be rushed
Prior, 27, missed all of last season after undergoing
surgery on his right shoulder April 24. He could be major-league ready
by mid to late May, according to the timetable outlined by his surgeon,
Dr. James Andrews.”To do it before that starts to cross boundaries of being prudent,” Boggs said. “I’d like to see him by the end of May, June 1. I don’t want to see it before then. Then I think you’re trying to hurry
something that shouldn’t be hurried.”We looked at different
clubs and the Padres assured us they weren’t going to rush the process.
Mark has got to get to the point where his confidence is at a zenith,
where he’s not thinking about his arm, but thinking about getting outs.”
The last paragraph is the most telling. The perception here in Chicago is that Prior became a head case, concerned about every little discomfort with his arm and afraid to pitch through pain. Prior’s agent wants him to be at his ‘zenith’ of confidence, but that can never happen until he starts compiling major league innings and starts. It probably won’t ever happen for Prior because he has had so many injuries.
We’ll look for him doing the towel drill and once again leading the league in simulated games.