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Friday, January 24, 2014

Mariners Notes: Top Prospect Stephen Pryor Won't be Ready for Start of Season

By on 1/24/2014 07:00:00 AM

One of Seattle Mariners top prospects, Stephen Pryor, is unlikely to be ready for the start of the 2014 season, according to Greg Johns of  The right-handed reliever, underwent surgery to repair a torn latissimus dorsi muscle (shoulder) on August 9th last season.

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Pryor, 24, threw 7.1 scoreless innings at the major league level in 2013 before having to be shutdown because of the injury.  The hard throwing pitcher has a 96 MPH fastball and struckout seven batters, while allowing only four to reach base in his short stint.  

In November, Mariners' general manger Jack Zduriencik said Pryor would be ready at some point in Spring Training, but team trainer Rob Nodine states that is not the case:
"There's been very few of these injuries that have been surgically repaired.  A lot will depend on when he ramps up his throwing program and gets off the mound.  Hopefully it will be somewhere around the end of May, we're guessing, but we'll see how that goes.  We're not going to hold him to a timetable, just because we want to see how this progresses."
Nodine said that Jake Peavy had a similar injury and the rehab process is a long one.  However, Nodine also states that Pryor has been doing great so far and should make further progress during Spring Training.  Once healthy, Pryor could compete for end of game bullpen duties.  

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