Former NL All-Star pitcher Mark Prior
has been acquired by the Texas Rangers after spending the last
month with the Orange County Flyers of the independent Golden
Flyers manager Paul Abbott on Saturday confirmed the Rangers had
acquired Prior and that he will be assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma
Prior, who turns 30 on Tuesday, worked in relief for the Flyers.
He threw 11 innings over nine outings, striking out 22 of 44 total
batters faced while not allowing an earned run. Opponents batted
.143 against him.
Prior worked on developing the skills to come out of the
bullpen. Last week, he pitched on consecutive days for the first
time in his pro career.
Abbott says Prior came to the Flyers to face competitive hitting
and see if his arm would hold up.