Phillies Not Panicking About Andrew Painter, At Least Not Yet
There has been a lot of hype around Andrew Painter in the Phillies camp this summer. The 19-year-old took the Phillies organization by storm last year with how well he pitched in the Minors. So much so, there was real hype that he would be on the Opening Day roster for the Major League team. But those hopes hit a snag early in camp. There was news that Andrew Painter had some discomfort in his elbow. Immediately fans started to fear the worst. And those fears were not helped by radio silence from the Phillies since that news first broke.
But could the situation be more hopeful than fans think it is? Scott Lauber from The Philadelphia Inquirer joined The Best Show Ever earlier today. He commented on the Andrew Painter situation. And from his reporting, it seemed the Phillies are not quite as worried about this as fans seem to be right now.
“No one is in panic mode over there. Painter has been there every day. If the tests were showing he would need Tommy John’s surgery I would expect he’d be somewhere else getting a second opinion. Rather than on-site, floating through the complex, with nothing visible on his arm. So I don’t get the sense anyone is in DEFCON mode over his elbow.”
Lauber also commented that what may be for the best, is if they take things slow with Andrew Painter. Even if the news is good for Painter’s health, we still may not see him right away. if there is any discomfort, you don’t want to mess around with his future. And that could be for the best. While seeing a 19-year-old pitch early in April would be great, it could be better for him long-term if that debut is delayed. As Lauber noted, even if he is ready to pitch in the MLB, he is probably not ready to throw 200 innings.
We await official word on what is wrong with Painter. But Lauber did not seem too worried when he talked to us. So whatever news we do get, may not be as bad as many of us currently fear.
You can listen to the full conversation with Scott Lauber and The Best Show Ever below…
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