Prior's comeback bid with Reds ends with release

Prior's comeback bid with Reds ends with release

ARLINGTON -- After he was activated from Triple-A Louisville's disabled list, the Reds released pitcher Mark Prior to end the latest chapter in his long comeback story.

Prior, who signed a Minor League contract with the Reds during Spring Training, had a 4.66 ERA in seven games at Louisville. He had been on the DL since April 25 with a right shoulder strain.

During camp, Prior contacted his old manager with the Cubs, Reds skipper Dusty Baker, to ask for a chance. Prior called Baker once again on Thursday.

"We talked about it and he said the organization treated him excellent," Baker said. "He [said he] could not be treated better. He will go home and rest and maybe try it again if his arm comes back."

It's been a comeback attempt fraught with setbacks for Prior, who has not pitched in the Majors since 2006. The former Cubs star had reconstructive shoulder surgery in '07. He has spent parts of the previous three seasons pitching for the Rangers', Yankees' and Red Sox's organizations, and also an independent league.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.