Padres prospect Max Fried shut down with forearm injury


Padres pitching prospect and former seventh overall draft pick Max Fried has been shut down for at least two weeks with soreness in his left forearm.

General manager Josh Byrnes told Corey Brock of that Fried complained of soreness while doing some offseason throwing, so the Padres examined him and “have decided to shut down any throwing until the symptoms are completely resolved.”

Fried ranked as one of Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects last season and this season, placing 53rd on this year’s list at age 20 after striking out 100 batters in 119 innings at low Single-A in 2013.

Rafael Montero to have Tommy John surgery

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Mets pitcher Rafael Montero will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Montero felt some discomfort after his latest Grapefruit League appearance. This morning he was diagnosed with a complete tear of the UCL in his right elbow. He’ll now miss all of the 2018 season and most of the first half of the 2019 season.

Montero, 27, was once a top pitching prospect. He performed swingman duties for the Mets last year, starting in 18 games and relieving in 16. He wasn’t too successful in that role — his ERA was 5.52 in 2017 — but he was battling for a spot in the Mets’ bullpen this spring.