TACOMA, Wash. -- In his Triple-A season debut on Tuesday, right-handed reliever Stephen Pryor walked the first two hitters he faced before getting a fielder's choice, a weak groundout to second and a strikeout to preserve his first save of the season. The Rainiers beat the visiting Salt Lake Bees, 8-5.
Pryor, whose fastball hit triple digits before he sustained a lat tear in April 2013, missed nearly all of last season following surgery in August. On Tuesday, Pryor's fastball topped out at 94 mph but was consistently clocked in the 90-92 range.
"I feel good. I would've like for it to be a 1-2-3 inning, but it was a positive inning for me," Pryor said. "I got myself in a jam and I was able to get out of it… I think velocity will take some time."
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