Friedrich was released by the White Sox earlier this month, Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America reports.
After spending time in the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball as well as the Korea Baseball Organization in 2019, Friedrich returned to affiliated ball this spring, joining Chicago on a minor-league deal. He was expected to serve as a depth starter at the Triple-A or Double-A level, but the likely cancelation of the 2020 minor-league season will result in the White Sox cutting ties with him entirely.
Friedrich signed a contract with the NC Dinos of the Korea Baseball Organization on Tuesday.
The 31-year-old hasn't appeared in the majors since 2016 and has been out of affiliated ball entirely since 2017. Before inking a new deal with the Korean club, Friedrich appeared with the New Britain Bees of the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He'll look to impress overseas with the hope of earning renewed interest from MLB organizations next winter.
Friedrich (elbow) cleared waivers and elected to become a free agent Monday.
The Padres dropped Friedrich from their 40-man roster after elbow and lat injuries kept him from making an appearance with the big club in 2017. He passed through waivers untouched, but rather than return to San Diego's Triple-A affiliate, Friedrich opted to test the free agent waters. While he's expected to be ready for spring training next season, the 30-year-old southpaw is coming off elbow surgery in August, so he could be forced to settle for a minor-league deal. He posted a 4.80 ERA and 1.42 WHIP across 129.1 innings during his last full season (2016).
Friedrich will undergo an elbow scope in the coming days, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Friedrich suffered a setback in his rehab on Aug. 5 and will be forced to undergo elbow surgery to correct the issue. He'll be out for the remainder of the 2017 season, but the Padres expect him to be ready to return to action next spring.
The Padres aren't expected Friedrich (elbow) to pitch again this season after the left-hander suffered a setback during his rehab start Aug. 5 with High-A Lake Elsinore, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. "[Friedrich] just can't get over the hump," Padres manager Andy Green said Monday. "I would assume at this point in time [a potential return] doesn't look good. I've said that before and we took another shot at it. It's increasingly unlikely he pitches for us this season. He just couldn't pitch pain-free. It's doubtful he throws for us."
Friedrich was scheduled to meet with doctors Monday to decide if arthroscopic surgery was necessary for the elbow, which he wasn't able to extend on sliders during the rehab start in the California League. The 30-year-old has been felled by a number of injuries since spring training, when a strained elbow and lat injury forced him to the 10-day disabled list entering the regular season. He was later shifted to the 60-day DL and began a rehab assignment June 8, making four starts before being shut down with ongoing discomfort. After restating the rehab process a month later, it didn't take long for Friedrich to succumb to another setback. Friedrich is scheduled to become a free agent this offseason and will likely have to settle for a minor-league deal while he attempts to return from injury.
Friedrich (elbow) is scheduled to see a doctor Monday after suffering a setback in his latest rehab start, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
This is another tough break for Friedrich, who only recently resumed his rehab assignment after being shut down for most of July due to recurring elbow soreness. The 30-year-old said he still felt pain during his most recent outing for High-A Lake Elsinore, though more should be known about the severity of his setback following Monday's examination.
Friedrich (elbow) resumed his rehab stint with High-A Lake Elsinore on Monday, tossing three scoreless innings with no issues, Bill Center of MLB.com reports.
The southpaw was shut down for the better part of July after suffering soreness during a bullpen session, so his return to the mound provides some hope to an upcoming return date. Friedrich is scheduled to throw between five and six innings during his next rehab outing, which could give the team a firmer idea as to his readiness. After posting a 4.80 ERA over 23 starts for the Padres last season, the 30-year-old has yet to play this year while battling back from a rash of injuries and could potentially return as a long reliever.
Friedrich (elbow) experienced further elbow soreness during a bullpen session Friday, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
Friedrich continues to experience setbacks in his recovery, as he was previously sidelined by a finger laceration. It's unclear how severe this new issue is, but it likely pushes his potential return date later in the month of July if everything from here on out goes as smoothly as possible.
Friedrich (elbow/side) transferred his rehab assignment to Triple-A El Paso on Thursday.
Friedrich tossed four scoreless innings in his third rehab appearance for Double-A San Antonio earlier in the week, so he'll head to Triple-A before ultimately rejoining the Padres. It's unclear how many starts he'll need to make with El Paso, but it appears a the 29-year-old is nearing a return to major-league action.
Friedrich (elbow/side) is scheduled to throw five innings in a rehab start with Triple-A El Paso later in the week, Dennis Lin of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Friedrich, who has been the disabled list all season with lat and elbow issues, finally appears to be nearing a return to game action. Given the extended length of his absence, he'll likely need more than one rehab outing before returning to the Padres.
Friedrich (elbow, side) is expected to begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Double-A San Antonio this week, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
Friedrich has been on the disabled list for the entirety of the 2017 campaign with lat and elbow issues. The Padres will likely take it easy with the veteran pitcher, but if everything goes smoothly Friedrich could potentially return to major-league action in the coming weeks.
Friedrich (elbow, side) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Wednesday.
It appears Friedrich's elbow injury is a bit more serious than initially anticipated, as he will now be out for a good portion of the next couple months. It's just the latest development in an injury-riddled 2017 season for the southpaw, who has yet to throw a pitch after experiencing elbow tenderness while recovering from a lat strain. The good news here is that a recent checkup showed no tendon damage, so Friedrich may be able to avoid surgery as he works his way back into regular activities. A firmer timetable should become available within the coming weeks.
Friedrich (side) had his elbow examined by doctors Friday but showed no tendon damage, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
No one expected there to be any ligament or tendon damage, but this gives the left-hander the official vote of confidence on his elbow. Friedrich's next step appears to be returning to Arizona to begin throwing again, after which a firmer timetable should become available.
Manager Andy Green said Friedrich has tenderness in his elbow and will have it evaluated by a doctor, A.J. Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
The Padres don't believe the injury is ligament-related but they're sending him to get it checked out as a precaution. Friedrich is on the 10-day DL, though he remains without a firm timetable. More should be known about his status after he is evaluated.
Friedrich (side) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday, Bill Center of Padres.com reports.
Friedrich was shut down with a lat strain last week, ultimately forcing him to open the season on the DL while he continues to recover. Although the Padres don't believe the injury to be overly serious, the 29-year-old remains without a timetable as he is still shut down from throwing.
Friedrich will begin the season on the disabled list with a lat strain, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
The Padres had announced that Friedrich wouldn't make the Opening Day roster, as they'd recently shut him down from participating in baseball activities. Friedrich has struggled during limited action this spring. Over three games (7.1 innings) he allowed nine runs (eight earned) off a walk and 10 hits, two of which were home runs.
Freidrich has been shut down for 1-2 weeks with a mild lat strain and won't make the Opening Day roster, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
The left-hander was battling for a starting job. Friedrich carried a 4.80 ERA in 24 outings (23 starts) with San Diego last year but now must participate in rehab before he'll find out what his next step will be with the organization. San Diego is now down to Trevor Cahill, Jarred Cosart and Luis Perdomo for its final two rotation spots to start the year.
Friedrich has been scratched from a bullpen session Sunday with "general soreness" in his arm, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
With the vague diagnosis, it's difficult to gauge just how serious this missed bullpen session is. Until more news becomes available, Friedrich will be considered as day-to-day.
Friedrich pitched three scoreless innings in Friday's win over the Dodgers. He struck out three and walked none.
This was a huge step in the right direction for the veteran southpaw, after surrendering eight runs in his previous two Cactus League outings. Manager Andy Green noticed his pitcher's struggles this spring, stating that Friedrich "hasn't felt like himself." The Padres' skipper also added that "[Friedrich] looked a little bit sharper today." Friedrich is currently competing for one of San Diego's final rotation spots, and he will need more outings like Friday's in order for the club to consider him as a serious option.
Friedrich -- who is competing for a spot in the starting rotation -- could be used in the bullpen if he doesn't make it as a starter, AJ Casavell of MLB.com reports.
Friedrich got a long look as a starter last season and didn't do much with his opportunity, posting a 4.80 ERA with a 1.92 K/BB ratio. While the numbers weren't pretty, he does have have the advantage of being a southpaw in the competition for rotation spots. If he does make it as a starter, he would only garner very deep or NL-only value.
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|2012||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||30.0||5||5||1||2||1||0||27||4||23||3.00||0.900|
|2013||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||14.2||4||4||0||0||1||0||8||8||13||4.44||1.479|
|2014||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||91.1||27||13||0||2||9||1||83||39||114||7.01||1.679|
|2016||AFA-Lake Elsinore Storm||9.0||2||2||0||0||0||0||7||0||7||2.00||0.778|
|2016||AAA-El Paso Chihuahuas||9.2||2||2||0||0||1||0||6||4||12||4.89||1.739|