It Must Be Spring: Prior Out for Season

Injury-plagued Cubs righty undergoes first surgery, gets comfy on DL
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Apr 26, 2007 7:41 AM CDT
Chicago Cubs pitcher Mark Prior pitches against the San Diego Padres during a Cactus League spring training basketball game in Peoria, Ariz., in this March 22, 2007 file photo. Cubs right-hander Mark...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Cubs right-hander Mark Prior underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery Tuesday and will not pitch again this year. An 18-game winner in 2003, Prior has been on the DL once in each of his six big-league seasons but had not had shoulder surgery before. "This is a step in the right direction," said manager Lou Piniella.

"He's 26 years old and obviously has a lot of years to get it right," GM Jim Hendry said of Prior, who didn't make the major league roster out of spring training because of shoulder trouble. Despite over $300 million in off-season spending, the Cubs are in last place in the six-team NL Central.