Reliever Stephen Pryor was in the clubhouse on Sunday wearing a sling on his right arm. After a diagnosis by team doctor Edward Khalfayan and further consultation from outside doctors, Pryor underwent surgery in Chicago to repair his torn latissmus dorsi.
"Where I had the injury in April, they went back and attached lat back to the bone," Pryor said. "I don't think it's a very difficult procedure. It just hasn't been done very much with baseball players."
Indeed, only three MLB players have the surgery. Current Red Sox pitcher Jake Peavy had the procedure when he was with the White Sox in July of 2010 . At the time, it was quite unprecedented.
Pryor's injury wasn't quite as significant as Peavy's tear. But he had Dr. Anthony Romeo, the surgeon who performed Peavy's surgery, do his.
"It's a sense of relief, knowing that it's going to be fixed and trusting it and going from there," Pryor said.
The recovery process is lengthy. Pryor will wear the sling for six weeks and then begin physical therapy.
"Hopefully, spring training I will be throwing and getting ready," Pryor said. "Everybody seems pretty positive."
Elsewhere on the injury front, acting manager Robby Thompson said Hisashi Iwakuma's tweaked lower back is fine and he will make his next start.
Catcher Mike Zunino was out doing wind sprints before the game. He has yet to begin baseball activity as he recovers from surgery to remove a broken hamate bone in his left wrist. But Thompson did say he's ahead of schedule in his return.