MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs pitcher Mark Prior, who had been on a strict program in an attempt to avoid any injury, will have his right shoulder examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum after complaining of soreness before a bullpen session on Tuesday.
Prior, 25, has some posterior rotator cuff irritation, Cubs athletic trainer Mark O'Neal said. The pitcher flew home to San Diego on Tuesday and will see Yocum on Wednesday in Los Angeles.
"Everybody's been aware Mark has been under a pretty strict throwing program and we've had absolutely no problems up to now," O'Neal said. "We've been treating him for basically normal symptoms that everybody has when they throw. Unfortunately today, he threw a bullpen and developed some posterior shoulder soreness that we wanted to be evaluated."
Because the Cubs' orthopedic specialist, Dr. Stephen Gryzlo, is in Chicago and Prior has seen Yocum before, the team decided to send the pitcher west. Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Prior halted his scheduled side session before he got on the mound Tuesday.
"We started long tossing and working our way towards the mound and it wasn't getting loose, so we weren't going to try it," Rothschild said.
The Cubs did not know if Prior would need an MRI, and wanted to wait until Yocum had a chance to do an examination.
Guess what people, #22 ain't right. Over the past few months, there has been a firestorm of people criticizing this page for trying to connect the dots on Prior. Well, well, well what our very own Thunderclap Newman wrote on this crappy/unpopular blog on January 22, 2006, what Will Carroll said on Baseball Prospectus on February 20, 2006 it's all turning out to be true.
Ahhhhh, what's another lie from Tribco to you the Cub fan.