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Prior’s Season Lasts Longer Than Expected

Posted by Matt on April 26, 2007

Mark Prior, the oft-injured right-hander for the Chicago Cubs will be out for the remainder of the 2007 season after having arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday that will put him on the season-ending Disabled List. Prior used the term “ecstatic” when asked how he felt about making it all the way to the Cubs’ 21st game of the season before being officially disabled. Prior started the 2004 and 2005 seasons on the disabled list, appearing in 21-games with a 6-4 record in 2004 and 27 games with an 11-7 record in 2005. This was all after missing three starts in the middle of the 2003 season after a short stint on the Disabled List due to an on field collision with Braves’ Second Baseman Marcus Giles. Prior went for 9-games last season with a stout 1-6 record and 7.21 ERA before going out for the season with “tendinitis,” which in baseball speak means he cannot throw strikes and had his feelings hurt. This year, Prior lasted just long enough to see the Cubbies climb to last place in the National League Central division, their rightful position for the remainder of the season. Now you would think, that even after having a surgically repaired arm Prior that could still heave the 30-foot curveballs that Cubs’ Manager Lou Piniella was referring to in his post-game press conference after a 6-5 comeback loss to the Cincinnati Reds after blowing a 5-0 lead on Friday the 13th.

Nonetheless, enjoy your $3.5-million to ride the ‘La-Z-Boy’ this season, Markie.

On a related note, I wish I could take credit for BrokeArm Mountain, a blockbuster apparently coming to a theater near you.

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