No word on whether he’s throwing a ball or a towel, but 29-year-old former Cubs ace Mark Prior is pitching off a mound in California, according to his agent, working his way back from his second right-shoulder surgery.
“Mark has been through so many timelines, at this point I’m almost allergic to the word,” agent John Boggs said. “But he’s out there. He’s getting himself ready. And when he’s ready, I’m sure you’ll hear a lot about him. Then we’ll invite teams to come watch him throw. And hopefully, he’ll be the next Ben Sheets.”
Also, this story is related to the Mark Prior one. After throwing 100.1 innings in 2008 and 163.1 total innings in 2009, this season will mark Joba Chamberlain’s first without an innings limit. It’ll be nice to see what Chamberlain can do in a full season without restraints. If he can recapture his magical fastball/slider combo, the Yankees could end up with the best rotation in the game.