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Written by wrigleyville
Wednesday, 26 December 2007
With 2007, Wrigleyville23's epic three-part walk down memory lane with Mark Prior's oblique, labrum, Achilles, food poisoning, elbow and shoulder (2.0) comes to a sad but satisfying close.
The highlight of 2007 comes on April 5, when the Cubs say Prior isn't injured but just isn't ready to pitch. Three weeks later, he has season-ending shoulder surgery. You'll also note 2007's injury notes are significantly shorter than previous years, as it was all over before it even started.
Finally, here are Mark Prior's 2007 RotoTimes injury notes (2005's injury notes can be found here, and 2006's can be found here, if you can't bear to read all the way through):
April 26, 2007: Because Mark Prior was on the minor league DL when he underwent season-ending shoulder surgery Tuesday, he will not accrue any major league service time in 2007, according to the Chicago Tribune. That means Prior won't be eligible for free agency until after 2009, even if he gets in a full 2008 season. However, the Cubs have the option of non-tendering him. The surgery should allow Prior to resume his career, regardless of whether it's with the Cubs. "It's certainly not career-ending," GM Jim Hendry said. "[Dr. James Andrews is] optimistic [Prior will] be able to pitch next year."
April 25, 2007: Mark Prior underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Tuesday, and he will not return for the 2007 season, according to Sports Network. The surgery repaired a debridement of Prior's right rotator cuff as well as repair of labral and capsular injuries in his shoulder. Prior began a rehab program in Birmingham on Wednesday overseen by Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery, and the Cubs medical staff and will continue his rehab program into the offseason.
April 24, 2007: Mark Prior had exploratory arthroscopic surgery on his injured right shoulder Tuesday, and it was unclear how long the Cubs pitcher would be sidelined, according to the AP. The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. Before the surgery, Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said he wasn't sure if Andrews would have to fix anything in Prior's shoulder.
April 23, 2007: Mark Prior has decided to undergo exploratory surgery on his ailing shoulder, according to the AP. Dr. James Andrews will perform the arthroscopic procedure on Tuesday and has been given permission for a more extensive operation if he determines it's necessary. "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."
April 19, 2007: Mark Prior won't be able to get a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews until at least late next week due to scheduling conflicts, according to the Chicago Tribune. Prior is trying to decide whether to undergo surgery on his ailing shoulder.
April 15, 2007: Having been examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum, Mark Prior will seek a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews before deciding what course of action he'll take for his ailing shoulder, according to the Chicago Tribune. That means it likely will be a few more days before he makes a call on whether to have surgery.
April 14, 2007: Mark Prior will be shut down until a new course of action is determined for his ailing shoulder, according to the Chicago Tribune. He was examined by surgeons yesterday, though no report was made available. "It's disappointing," manager Lou Piniella said. "We were hoping to get him on track. Hopefully it's not serious."
April 12, 2007: Mark Prior had to leave his rehab start Thursday due to shoulder discomfort, according to the SportsTicker. Prior completed the first two innings of an extended spring training outing before experiencing pain in the shoulder. The right-hander will visit orthopedic specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum for further evaluation.
April 9, 2007: Mark Prior is scheduled for a bullpen session Monday before getting his first extended spring training start later in the week, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Despite insisting all spring he is healthy and experiencing no apparent setbacks, Prior (shoulder fatigue) has not pitched since March 28 in a major-league exhibition game.
April 7, 2007: Mark Prior has yet to make an extended-spring start, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Prior last pitched in a big-league spring game on March 28.
April 5, 2007: The Iowa Cubs will place Mark Prior on the seven-day DL Thursday with what's being called "shoulder fatigue," according to the Chicago Tribune. The Cubs are saying that Prior isn't injured but simply not ready to pitch. "He has to be accounted for by Opening Day," general manager Jim Hendry said. "He has to be on their roster or on the DL." Prior is working at extended spring training and will stay there until the team feels he's ready to go five or six innings in a game.
April 3, 2007: Mark Prior will stay in extended spring training for at least a week before joining Triple-A Iowa, according to the Chicago Tribune. Prior is trying to build up arm strength.
March 28, 2007: Mark Prior was optioned to Triple-A Wednesday after his final start of the spring, the AP reports. Prior allowed three runs (all unearned) against the Rockies Wednesday, for what it's worth, and ended the month with a 6.97 ERA.
March 24, 2007: Mark Prior is expected to stay behind when camp breaks, according to the Daily Southtown. Prior believes he'll be ready for big league action when the season starts, but the Cubs continue to take things slowly with his troublesome shoulder.
March 22, 2007: Mark Prior had by far his best outing of the spring Thursday, giving up just one run on four hits and two walks while striking out three over four innings. "He threw the ball better, that's the most important thing. A really nice step forward for him," manager Lou Piniella said in the AP. "I think the idea of not rushing him, giving him time, it's the right tonic." Prior will probably have one more outing this spring before the Cubs decide what to do with him.
March 20, 2007: Manager Lou Pinella confirmed Monday what has become pretty obvious: Mark Prior likely won't be ready for the start of the season, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Prior at times has looked like he's favoring some soreness (though he insists he's completely healthy) and has been working out some kinks with his mechanics.
March 18, 2007: Mark Prior is scheduled to start for the Cubs next Thursday against the Padres, according to the AP. Prior pitched a minor league game Friday after struggling in two Cactus League starts.
March 17, 2007: Mark Prior pitched in a minor league game on Friday to work out some of his mechanical issues, according to the AP. He threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit while walking two and striking out four. However, his fastball was only in the mid 80s, as opposed to the mid 90s that he used to throw. Prior is a longshot to make the Cubs rotation at this point, and he could begin the season in Triple-A.
March 15, 2007: It appears that Mark Prior is either going to begin the year at Triple-A or on the disabled list and an assignment of extended spring training, according to the Sun-Times. Prior has an 18.90 ERA this spring and will make his next appearance in a minor league intrasquad game. The battle for the No. 5 spot in the rotation appears to be down to Wade Miller and Angel Guzman.
March 5, 2007: Mark Prior made his spring debut on Monday against the Mariners and allowed three runs in 1 1/3 innings of work. He was scheduled to pitch two innings but left after 40 pitches. It's uncertain when his next outing will be.
March 4, 2007: Mark Prior is slated to pitch Monday in his spring debut, according to the Chicago Tribune. The Cubs are taking things slowly with him this spring in the hope that he might actually be healthy for the long haul.
February 27, 2007: After saying that Mark Prior wouldn't start the first five or six games of Cactus League action as a precaution, manager Lou Pinella has decided to give Prior the ball on March 5, the date of the team's fifth spring training game, according to the Chicago Tribune. Prior says he's completely healthy. "I don't know what everybody's been told," Prior said, "but right now I'm healthy, going at everything at full speed. I've done everything in camp that's been asked of me. Unless someone tells me to do something otherwise, I'll keep doing what I'm doing."
February 26, 2007: Describing the decision as a "precautionary" measure, Cubs manager Lou Piniella said that Mark Prior won't be in the rotation for their first week of Cactus League games, according to the Chicago Tribune. "We just want to make sure he really feels good, that he's ready," Piniella said. "There's no sense in rushing that situation. I would think by the following Wednesday or Thursday we'll get him into a ballgame."
February 23, 2007: Mark Prior was one of 14 Cubs pitchers who threw 25 pitches to hitters on Thursday, the team's official site reports. Since the right-hander didn't face hitters at all last spring, this was a big step. "I felt good out there," Prior said. "It's nice to have normal days."
February 16, 2007: Mark Prior had his first throwing session of camp with no major issues Thursday, though it did take him more time to get loose than the others in his group, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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