Top prospect Fried slowed by forearm soreness
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Minor League pitcher Max Fried, the Padres' No. 1 prospect according to MLB.com, will start throwing in 10 to 14 days, after being slowed with a sore left forearm.
Fried had an exam over the weekend and reported no pain in his forearm. He will continue to work with the team's strength and conditioning staff before he's cleared to start pitching.
Fried, who will begin the season with Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore of the California League, might miss some time at the beginning of the regular season in April, although not much, said Randy Smith, the Padres' vice president of player development.
Fried was scheduled to take part in the team's annual prospect minicamp but he reported soreness in his left forearm when he arrived in Peoria last month.
Fried, who turned 20 in January, has gone 6-8 with a 3.50 ERA in 136 1/3 professional innings, nearly all of them coming last year in his first full professional season with Class A Fort Wayne of the Midwest League.