CLEARWATER, Fla. — Pitching phenom Andrew Painter has a sore elbow, and the Phillies are holding their breath.
Two days after making his ballyhooed spring-training debut, Painter instructed the group that his proper elbow felt “a little tender,” supervisor Rob Thomson mentioned Friday. Rather than going via his between-starts workday, the consensus prime pitching prospect in baseball left BayCare Ballpark and went for assessments. He didn’t return earlier than the tip of the Phillies’ 6-3 exhibition loss to the Detroit Tigers.
Thomson declined to expound on the kind of testing that was being performed however mentioned the Phillies had been awaiting the outcomes.
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”We’ll have extra data [Saturday] on it,” Thomson mentioned. “That’s all I can say right now.”
Painter, a 19-year-old right-hander, is competing for the ultimate spot within the beginning rotation — and will even be the front-runner for the job. If he’s unable to start the season on time, lefty Bailey Falter could be the first fifth-starter candidate.
In his first spring coaching begin, Painter allowed one run in two innings and threw 29 pitches Wednesday in opposition to the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla. Thomson remarked after that sport that Painter threw a first-pitch fastball to all eight batters.
Painter threw 19 heaters in opposition to the Twins, topping out at 99 mph with back-to-back pitches in opposition to star slugger Carlos Correa. He didn’t throw any curveballs or changeups however blended in a cutter that he solely just lately picked up.
“Maybe we threw too many fastballs, but he has a good fastball,” pitching coach Caleb Cotham mentioned Friday earlier than Thomson divulged Painter’s elbow soreness. “It was just him being him. We’re not doing a whole lot of game planning. It’s more just, ‘Go out and do what you do.’ You always could say, ‘Hey, we should’ve done this or that.’ But it was pretty good. He’s as advertised. And he’ll get better.”
Asked straight if Painter got here out of his first begin with out points, Cotham answered, “Yeah.” But he did notice that the Phillies deliberate to make use of days off March 8 and 13 to house out Painter’s begins.
It’s clear now that any alteration of Painter’s schedule could contain greater than merely days off.
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Painter has impressed his older teammates all through camp along with his expertise and his maturity.
“He’s got a live fastball. It’s easy,” veteran starter Taijuan Walker mentioned. “And for him to be only 19 years old, too, it’s very impressive the way he carries himself, the way he goes about his business. He’s going to be really special.”
Painter is making an attempt to be the primary 19-year-old to interrupt camp with the Phillies since Larry Christenson in 1973. If he makes a begin earlier than his birthday, April 10, he could be the primary teenage pitcher to begin a sport for the group since Mark Davis in 1980.
For now, although, the Phillies are hoping merely for constructive information on the situation of Painter’s elbow.