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SirFelixCat
04-24-2007, 11:32 AM
Such a shame. Such perfect mechanics too. It had to have been a leg/hip injury that caused him to alter his delivery. Even though he's a Cub, the guy was/is a pleasure to watch pitch.

http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/printedition/cs-0704240047apr24,1,588735.story?coll=cs-sports-print


Dr James Andrews is keeping busy

Mark Prior will undergo exploratory surgery on his shoulder Tuesday and is likely to miss the rest of the season.

Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery. "He's had some discomfort for a couple years," GM Jim Hendry said. "It's finally gotten to a point where it's probably the right decision to let one of the best people in the world go and have a look around to see if anything can maybe be fixed, if it doesn't need something major. Dr. Andrews has the clearance if something needs to be fixed or tightened up." Even if no major problems are discovered, it's unlikely that Prior will get into a game this season.

jfleur87
04-24-2007, 11:36 AM
discomfort for a couple years? being so young, why wouldn't they have just done this a long time ago

Razor Shines
04-24-2007, 11:45 AM
Whatever it is I hope it's able to be taken care of and he's able to come back and have a nice career. I have a feeling that he's not ever going to be the pitcher he once was though.

hebroncougar
04-24-2007, 11:50 AM
Whatever it is I hope it's able to be taken care of and he's able to come back and have a nice career. I have a feeling that he's not ever going to be the pitcher he once was though.

Agree, loved to watch Prior pitch, unless it was against the Reds. Chalk up another arm to Dusty Baker's ignorance.

Heath
04-24-2007, 12:56 PM
I think Mark Prior has seen the twilight of his career.

Too bad.

UC_Ken
04-24-2007, 01:07 PM
This goes to show you there is no such thing as a sure thing young pitcher. He had the body type and mechanics that said that he'd never have any injury problems but his career looks over at a very young age. As good as Homer's been Prior was much more of a can't miss than Homer is. If Homer ends up being what he's supposed to be then we'll be lucky. When projecting young pitchers you need both talent and luck. You never know until they've proven it if the pitcher will end up being what everyone expected.

CTA513
04-24-2007, 01:12 PM
The Cubs also placed Wade Miller on the DL with back spasms.

shredda2000
04-24-2007, 01:15 PM
The Cubs also placed Wade Miller on the DL with back spasms.

Wonder if they would take Uncle Milty?

Natty Redlocks
04-24-2007, 01:29 PM
Wonder if they would take Uncle Milty?
Nope

paintmered
04-24-2007, 01:30 PM
The Cubs also placed Wade Miller on the DL with back spasms.

Wow. Commence the annual standings free-fall.

RichRed
04-24-2007, 01:38 PM
Wow. Commence the annual standings free-fall.

At least it's a short fall from 6th place.

Degenerate39
04-24-2007, 01:45 PM
He's a good pitcher but I'm glad we don't have to play against him this year.

cumberlandreds
04-24-2007, 01:46 PM
As a baseball fan I really hate this. Even though he was a Cub I enjoyed watching him pitch. Like others have said I believe he has seen his last pitch in the majors.

Always Red
04-24-2007, 01:49 PM
Even with "perfect mechanics" pitching baseball is a violent motion that will stress any shoulder, elbow and forearm.

I've got to think that someday some type of test, exam or imaging study will be developed that will show which arms might be able to stand up to the rigors, and which will not. If I had the money that the teams throw away on pitching every year, I'd be putting at least a fraction of that money into some kind of research, rather than just throwing it away on a guess, year after year.

As far as Mark Prior goes, it sounds as if they don't have a diagnosis, given as how they're going to let Doc Andrews go in there and "have a look around to see if anything can maybe be fixed." That sounds pretty ominous to me, as generally surgery is done after a diagnosis has been made, not in order to render a diagnosis, especially when it comes to musculoskeletal injuries.

bucksfan2
04-24-2007, 01:52 PM
I wonder if this whole process could have been avoided if they would have went in and cleaned it out in the first place. He may have missed one season early on but not missing year after year.

Astrobuddy
04-24-2007, 05:48 PM
Another steriod victim.

Do the math on his career timeline.

Matt700wlw
04-24-2007, 05:54 PM
He should learn to pitch with his legs and feet.

hebroncougar
04-24-2007, 06:41 PM
Another steriod victim.

Do the math on his career timeline.

Too many innings at too young of an age. He was abused, from USC, to that great mind that is Dusty Baker. http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/P/Mark-Prior.shtml

Do the math, and I bet his pitch counts in college were astronomical (I'm just speculating, not actually knowing), and I know his pitch counts for Baker were out of control. You may actually be seeing Zambrano falling apart this season because of the same thing.

Hubba
04-24-2007, 06:54 PM
Too many innings at too young of an age. He was abused, from USC, to that great mind that is Dusty Baker. http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/P/Mark-Prior.shtml

Do the math, and I bet his pitch counts in college were astronomical (I'm just speculating, not actually knowing), and I know his pitch counts for Baker were out of control. You may actually be seeing Zambrano falling apart this season because of the same thing. That Baker will never learn.

TexRed
04-24-2007, 07:06 PM
First saw Prior when he was a freshman at Vandy. Later again in Omaha game 7, 2000 CWS, USC vs. LSU. He had a no hitter thru 6 innings, but ended up losing when Hawpe hit his 3 run dinger. Drafting him number 1 seemed like a no brainer for the Cubbies. It was either Prior or Texeria, oh well. Prior has legs as big as telephone poles and a superb pitcher build. However, with his big frame he gets a lot of whip on the elbow and shoulder. Wow, what a staff if Prior, Zambrano, and Wood are all healthy at the same time. Last time I saw Prior was a couple of years ago in Albuquerque doing rehab and he got rocked a bunch.

UKFlounder
04-24-2007, 07:15 PM
First saw Prior when he was a freshman at Vandy. Later again in Omaha game 7, 2000 CWS, USC vs. LSU. He had a no hitter thru 6 innings, but ended up losing when Hawpe hit his 3 run dinger. Drafting him number 1 seemed like a no brainer for the Cubbies. It was either Prior or Texeria, oh well. Prior has legs as big as telephone poles and a superb pitcher build. However, with his big frame he gets a lot of whip on the elbow and shoulder. Wow, what a staff if Prior, Zambrano, and Wood are all healthy at the same time. Last time I saw Prior was a couple of years ago in Albuquerque doing rehab and he got rocked a bunch.

I thought it was the Twins who had the #1 pick & those a local yocal named Joe Mauer instead of "sure thing" Prior simply because Prior was going to ask for too much money (perhaps a Boras client?) and some people questioned why the Twins would let money get in the way of drafting the obvious best prospect instead of a high schooler.

Hindsight has proven the Twins right on that one, however.