No, that is not a throwback headline. Add the name of Mark Prior to the list of pitchers who are not an option fo be promoted from the Yankees farm system to replace the injured Joba Chamberlain, although the news is not as bad as it appeared earlier today.
Prior, who after a good spring was trying to work his way back to the majors with the Class A Tampa Yankees, has not pitched since April 18 with what was originally termed a groin injury. About three hours before the game, GM Brian Cashman said Prior had a sports hernia and underwent surgery. About 8:30, Cashman sent out a "clarification''-- Prior was tested for a sports hernia, but did not have it, and is currently on the DL with an abdominal strain. Prior appeared in three games for the Tampa Yankees, threw three innings, allowed two earned runs and had an ERA of 6.00 at the time of his injury.