Mark Prior's pitching transformation

The former phenom is one step away from a return to the big leagues with Boston

Originally Published: July 21, 2012
By Teddy Mitrosilis | ESPN Insider

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- The last vivid image of a healthy and strong and sturdy Mark Prior is nine seasons, two shoulder surgeries and an assortment of random injuries removed from now. He was in Chicago then, pitching in October and pushing the Cubs through the 2003 postseason, a 23-year-old arm trying to finish what generations of pitchers never could: pitch the Cubs to a World Series.

And Prior, with help from Kerry Wood and Carlos Zambrano and others, got them close. But ...

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