|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
(3/21/13) Reds pitcher Mark Prior took the mound for the first time since spring training of 2011 Thursday against the A's. He pitched one inning, facing four batters, plunking Chris Young and striking out one.
Prior told the Cincinnati Enquirer he felt good after his outing, but may have been a little out of control. The 32-year-old starter-turned-reliever is fighting for a roster spot.
"I don’t think it’s necessarily a question of stuff. First question is always health, can I be durable, can I stay healthy? I’m sure I have to answer a lot of those questions for everybody," Prior said. "If that question’s answered, it’s how are you pitching?
"The ultimate goal is to win ballgames at the big-league level. They’re not going to take anybody. They want guys who can help them fill a need or if there’s someone doing better. I want to go out there and show I can stay healthy and be a reliable reliever. If I do that, I can either hope Louisville or Cincinnati, one or the other. I just want to go out and pitch and see what happens."