Pryor missed in Mariners' bullpen mix

Pryor missed in Mariners' bullpen mix

SEATTLE -- Right-handed reliever Stephen Pryor continues throwing and working his way back from a tear in the latissimus dorsi muscle behind his right shoulder, but progress has been slow, according to Mariners manager Eric Wedge.

The Mariners had Pryor re-examined earlier this week to make sure there'd been no further setbacks from the April 15 injury and the results were positive, but Wedge said the time frame continues to be slower than originally hoped.

"It's all steady as she goes, it's just not coming quick," Wedge said. "He's just such a big guy with that particular injury, it's just been slow going. But no red flags."

Pryor didn't allow a run in 7 1/3 innings over seven appearances before the injury, allowing just three hits with one walk and seven strikeouts, so his absence has definitely been felt.

"It's been big," Wedge said. "We've had to push some of these other kids into late-inning roles probably prematurely. I think they've handled it pretty good, all things considered, but Pryor was dominant this year early."

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