Mark Prior still believes he has what it takes to pitch in the majors. Now 32, Prior reported to minor league camp with the Cincinnati Reds. Should he return to the major league level he will be reunited with Dusty Baker.
Prior has not pitched in the majors since 2006 because of ongoing shoulder problems. This is not the first time Prior has attempted a comeback.
“He called me and said asked for a chance,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “I talked to Walt (Jocketty). (Prior) says he feels good. He feels like he has some unfinished business.”
Baker is blamed by many for Prior’s injuries but the two have kept in contact over the years.
“I talk to him a couple of times a year,” Baker said. “He’s always came to see me when we were in San Diego.”
Prior was with Boston last year. He went 1-0 with a 3.96 ERA in 25 innings for Triple-A Pawtucket. He allowed 15 hits, struck 38 and walked 23.