Former Friendship star to start tonight in Everett, Wash.
By Jacob Thorpe
SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners may have a little extra bullpen depth awaiting them in the second half of the season.
Reliever Stephen Pryor, who pitched a simulated game on Saturday, is ready for a rehab assignment according to manager Eric Wedge.
"We're going to send him out this week, he'll probably pitch in [Class A] Everett on Tuesday or Wednesday," Wedge said of the former Friendship Christian ace. "Then we'll go from there, but probably send him to [Triple-A] Tacoma from there. We need to give him some time, but he looked good. He's looked good the last couple outings."
The AquaSox' website reports Pryor will start tonight's home game against Vancouver in the Northwest League.
Pryor has been sidelined since April with a torn muscle in his throwing shoulder. In just 7 1/3 innings this season, the righty has allowed just one walk while striking out seven batters. Pryor is known for his powerful arm, and can almost hit triple digits with his fastball.
He made his Major League debut with Seattle in 2012, appearing in 26 games and throwing 23 innings. He posted a record of 3-1 with a 3.91 ERA and 27 strikeouts. Pryor appeared in 11 games for the Frogs in 2010, dominating opposing hitters with a 0.49 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 18.1 innings before receiving a promotion to Clinton.