Prior pitched 2 more scoreless innings since this article and struck out 5 batters in a row in one game. If he can maintain his health throwing limited innings out of the pen, would he be a good option for the Reds bullpen?Former Chicago Cubs ace Mark Prior has heard the stories from players who gave up too soon and wished they had one final shot at returning to the major leagues.
He didn't want that to be his story.
On Tuesday, Prior, 29, pitched a scoreless inning in relief for the Orange County Flyers of the independent Golden Baseball League. Goodwin Field in Fullerton is a long way from the hallowed confines of Wrigley Field.
"It's not the problem of reinventing myself," Prior said Friday after practice. "I never got over the first hump."