It seems to be a reoccurring trend for Padres’ pitchers over the last couple seasons with arm injuries, and it continues down in the farm system.
The 20-year old Fort Wayne Tin Caps left hander experienced soreness after his last start on Monday. This is the not the first time Fried’s experienced discomfort in his pitching arm. Earlier this season, he was sidelined due to tightness in his forearm, which delayed the start of this season’s pitching program which was supposed to begin in Class-A Lake Elsinore.
Fried was drafted seventh overall by the Padres’ in the 2012 out of Harvard-Westlake High School in Los Angeles and spent the entire 2013 season with Single-A Fort Wayne where he posted a 6-7 record with a 3.49 ERA and 100 K’s in 118 innings. He was making his second start with the Tin Caps this season.
With Fried’s elbow set to be looked at by doctors this week, it continues to bring to light the rise in the number of Tommy John related injuries to pitchers. Although Fried tests has not yet been evaluated by doctors, the fact that he already has elbow problems only leads to more concern about the growing number of cases making baseball news.