San Diego Padres pitching prospect Max Fried has been shut down for at least two weeks after experiencing forearm soreness, according to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Padres GM Josh Byrnes told Lin that the soreness was in the flexor mass region, but there was no sign of any ligament problems on an MRI. Nonetheless, the team will not let the lefty throw for at least two weeks to let the soreness subside.
Fried has been projected as high as a number two starter in the major leagues. Baseball Prospectus' Jason Parks recently ranked the tall left-hander at number three on the Padres' top 10 prospect list. He is not expected to make the major leagues until 2016.
“Until the symptoms calm down a little bit, we’re not gonna let him throw,” Byrnes said. “If I were to guess, it’ll be at least a couple weeks. We’ll just keep monitoring it and see if we can resolve the symptoms.”Fried had been due to join a number of other Padres minor leaguers for a preseason mini-camp. The rest of the minor league players will report on February 28th, so Fried will also miss at least the first week of workouts with the full complement of players. Lin writes that the 20-year-old was expected to start the season with the Padres' High-A affiliate Lake Elsinore, who begin their season on April 3rd, giving Fried around four weeks to prepare if he can start throwing again in two weeks.
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