I do weekly a radio hit with Drew Forrester on Sports Talk 1570 WNST in Baltimore. A couple of weeks ago Drew asked me about that report that an unknown team was actually interested in Mark Prior following the announcement of his latest comeback attempt. I didn’t know who the team was, but Drew — who cannot be accused of misunderstanding just how miserable the last decade of Orioles baseball have been — had a gut feeling that it was the Orioles because “it just sounds like something they’d do.”
The Orioles do have some interest in Mark Prior after scout Mark Ralston
watched him throw at USC on June 30, but they believe that he prefers
to remain on the West Coast. Not that Prior can be particularly choosy,
considering that he hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2006. The Orioles
will keep an eye on him.
Look, I’m not going to say that Mark Prior won’t make a successful comeback someday. I’m just sayin’ that if the Orioles are the only ones who think he’s got something left, don’t count on it.
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte is back in the lineup after the team reinstated him from the 10-day disabled list on Saturday. Marte served the bare minimum on the DL after making a rapid recovery from the right oblique strain that sidelined him several weeks ago.
Prior to landing on the disabled list, the 29-year-old outfielder was off to a strong start. He slashed a robust .308/.366/.503 with six home runs, 10 stolen bases and an .869 OPS in 175 plate appearances with the team. This is the first time he’s dealt with an oblique issue, and the first DL stint he’s served since he suffered a bout of back tightness in 2016. While he has yet to prove he can bounce back to his pre-injury production levels, his quick recovery bodes well for a successful return to major-league play.
In a corresponding move, outfielder Jose Osuna was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. The move came as somewhat of a surprise, given that the Pirates elected to retain top prospect outfielder Austin Meadows rather than the more established Osuna. Meadows was recalled from Triple-A in the wake of Marte’s injury and has only played seven games at the major league level so far, but he’s already made a strong impression: he went 13-for-29 with three home runs, two stolen bases and five RBI since his call-up on May 18.