Dusty Baker given second chance to end Mark Prior’s career
on Mar 2, 2013
Cincinnati Reds manager and former Cubs skipper Dusty Baker was elated earlier this week when he learned the Reds had signed Mark Prior to a minor league contract.
“I can’t believe I’m finally getting a chance to finish the job!” exclaimed Baker. “Dude, forget the minors. [Mark] is going straight to the mound on opening day and then right back to the DL after that. I’m putting him on a strict 200-pitch minimum.”
Baker, notorious for overworking his pitchers and widely credited for Prior’s string of injuries while he was a member of the Cubs, plans to utilize the one-time phenom as both a starter and a reliever.
“Batting practice, too. No reason to take any chances with this kid,” said Baker. “My only regret is that Kerry [Wood] isn’t trying to make a comeback. I’ve always thought of him as the reconstructed ulnar collateral ligament that got away.”