The Chicago Cubs may no longer be cursed but their former ace pitcher, Mark Prior, certainly is.

It was announced today that Prior will undergo season-ending surgery on his injured right shoulder. This marks the second season in a row that the injury ravaged pitcher has not thrown a single pitch in a single game (major or minor league.)

Prior was once the premiere young pitcher in baseball. Following a Hall-of-Fame caliber college career at USC, he was the Cubs first round draft pick in 2001. Prior was probably the most Major League ready pitching prospect of the 2000’s. After just nine minor league starts he was called up to the Cubs where he found instant success at the age of 22.

In 2003 (and still just 23-years-old) Prior went 18-6 for Chicago with a 2.43 ERA and 245 strikeouts in 211 innings. More importantly, he and fellow young fireballer, Kerry Wood, led the Cubs most serious playoff run in nearly a century.

Since then Prior has been beseiged with injuries. The Cubs finally gave up on him this offseason. It was thought Prior’s signing with his homestate San Diego Padres could start a career rebirth. That career may now be over.

One more note on the Cubs, they entered June with the best record in baseball. That’s the first time that’s happened since 1908! 



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