Phillies top prospect Andrew Painter is undergoing tests on a tender right elbow, manager Rob Thomson said after Friday’s game against the Tigers.

This news comes just two days after his first spring training start. Thomson said Painter came in Thursday with tenderness in the elbow and that more information is expected Saturday.

Painter competing with Bailey Falter and others for the fifth spot in the Phillies rotation, pitched two innings against the Twins Wednesday in Fort Myers. His fastball hit 99 on the radar gun multiple times.

The Phillies will be cautious with their young phenom. Painter was pitching in high school games less than two years ago.

In his first full year as a pro, Painter went 6-2 with a 1.56 ERA in 22 starts across three levels. He struck out 155, walked 25 and allowed just five home runs in 103⅔ innings.

Phillies pitcher Andrew Painter. Photo courtsey of NBC Sports


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