Pryor confident his arm will be fine by '14 season

Pryor confident his arm will be fine by '14 season

Pryor confident his arm will be fine by '14 season

SEATTLE -- Mariners reliever Stephen Pryor is still receiving feedback from doctors diagnosing an injury to his right biceps that wiped out the rest of his season, but the hard-throwing right-hander said he's confident things will be fine by next spring.

Pryor initially tore the latissimus dorsi muscle behind his right shoulder in mid-April after seven scoreless appearances. After a lengthy stint on the 60-day disabled list, he began a rehab in Triple-A Tacoma, but that halted when an MRI test on Saturday revealed a new problem in his biceps muscle.

Pryor said he believes the two injuries are related, but is waiting to hear more from doctors this week.

"They're going over it and getting some opinions on the best way to go about it," he said. "I went through the rehab process the first time and this happened, so we want to see if we need to change anything. I'm just trying to get healthy."

Pryor, 24, was expected to be a major contributor in the Mariners' bullpen this year after a rookie season in which he went 3-1 with a 3.91 ERA in 26 appearances. Now he's just trying to do whatever is needed to get back on the field again next season.

"I'm trying to stay pretty positive through everything," he said. "You can only control what you can control. So I'm just looking at it as trying to get a head start on getting better for next year and hopefully spend next year picking up where I left off this year. That's the goal anyway.

"Hopefully I'm getting it all out of the way early and the rest of my career I can just have fun."

Greg Johns is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.