11 months after Prior had surgery on his shoulder to repair years worth of damage he finally stepped back on the hill vs. live hitters. It was only minor leaguers, and it was only 25 pitches, plus about 40 in the bullpen warming up, but it was a HUGE step in the right direction.
Prior said he felt great, that it was a little strange, but more strange that there was a batter standing there than anything else. Now it's time to slowly build up that arms strength, and hopefully it will be all systems GO !
"The main goal was to get on the mound, face some hitters and get out OK," Prior said. "It's funny. That's the goal, and you get three or four pitches in and start getting upset at yourself for missing spots, missing your location and stuff like that.
"Overall, the fact that I'm even at where I am right now, I'm happy. I've got a long way to go and a lot of work, but it's just another little milestone you can check off and keep going forward."
Lets hope this is the first of many small but steadily forward steps he can make in his road to a full recovery.