Prior scratched with shoulder discomfort

New York Yankees right-hander Mark Prior was scratched from his

scheduled minor league appearance Tuesday because of shoulder

discomfort.

The converted reliever was slated to pitch in a Gulf Coast

League game.

Prior has struggled with shoulder injuries and his last major

league appearance came in August 2006. The 30-year-old went 18-6

with a 2.43 ERA in 30 starts for the NL Central champion Chicago

Cubs in 2003.

Prior has made six appearance with the Yankees’ rookie-level

club since August 5 as part of a rehab program for a strained

groin. He hurt the groin in April while pitching at Triple-A

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

There is no timetable for when Prior will pitch again.

Also, reliever Pedro Feliciano, out with a left shoulder tear,

is scheduled to pitch for the first time since spring training in a

GCL game Thursday. Fellow left-hander Damaso Marte, coming back

from shoulder surgery, might throw in the same game.

Backup infielder Ramiro Pena, who had an appendectomy on July

18, could soon start playing in minor league games.