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Prior has bruised forearm from BP ball

New York Yankees right-hander Mark Prior has a bruised left forearm after being hit by a ball during batting practice.

The converted reliever was hit by a liner near the wrist on his 20th pitch of a BP session on Wednesday at the Yankees' minor league complex.

Since pitching April 18 at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Prior has made just one minor league appearance because of a strained groin and back soreness. He expects to pitch soon in a rookie-level Gulf Coast League game.

Prior has struggled with shoulder injuries and made his previous major league appearance 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.

Also, backup infielder Ramiro Pena, who had an appendectomy on July 18, has resumed a running program.