CHICAGO -- After suffering a previously reported
setback in his rehab program this weekend, pitcher
Mark Prior was scheduled for an MRI on his right
shoulder Monday, Padres manager Bud Black said.
"Mark was throwing on the side, getting ready for
batting practice, a couple days ago and felt quite a
bit of discomfort in his shoulder, and he shut down
his throwing session and came back to San Diego,"
After meeting with Padres doctors Monday, there's a
chance Prior will take that familiar trip to
Birmingham, Ala., on Wednesday, to see Dr. James
Andrews, who performed arthoscopic surgery on his
nettlesome shoulder on April 24, 2007. Prior was shut
down for eight days in April because of soreness.
"Mark had been on a nice path," Black said. "He had to
take a step back a couple weeks ago, but I think you
can probably deem this a setback for sure."
The Padres signed the oft-injured 27-year-old to a
one-year deal a day after Christmas knowing he would
take some time to recover from the surgery. He threw
off a mound for the first time in late March, and there
hadn't been a firm timetable for his return.
Jon Greenberg is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.