‘Nobody has been told that he needs surgery’ – Phillies Nation

Andrew Painter’s injury status is a mystery. (Cheryl Pursel)

With no official news from the Phillies on Tuesday and a rest day on Wednesday, Andrew Painter’s injury update watch will enter its sixth day on Thursday.

Unsurprisingly, the Phillies play so close to the vest. The silence on this topic is also driving the fan base insane.

To keep everyone quiet, Todd Zolecki from MLB.com reported Tuesday night that “no one was told Painter needed surgery.” Zolecki added that nothing has been ruled out regarding Painter and that there will be more clarity when the Phillies get definitive opinions from multiple doctors.

The report also highlights why this process is taking so long. dr Neal ElAttrache, a prominent California orthopedic surgeon, is one of the many physicians contributing to Painter’s test results. According to Zolecki, ElAttrache has not been available for the past few days.

The painter’s agent, Scott Boras, may also be involved in the debate. He made a statement questioner‘s Alex Coffey on Tuesday:

“I have extensive studies of young pitchers with extreme speed at a young age. Andrew recognizes and understands that his development will require close attention and patience, allowing his rare skills to span a long MLB career.”

Painter pitched two innings against the Twins on his spring debut last Wednesday. He has not thrown since reporting tenderness in his right elbow on Friday.


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