Espinoza (elbow) was reportedly throwing and looking good in Padres camp, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Espinoza has undergone two Tommy John surgeries in the last three years and has not thrown in a game since the 2016 season. Still, the right-hander is only 22 years old and was once considered among the top pitching prospects in baseball, so he remains an intriguing arm to keep an eye on. Given Espinoza's injury history, he's likely to be eased back into action slowly and held to a strict innings limit when he's ready to resume pitching in games.
Espinoza (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list Wednesday, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Espinoza underwent the second Tommy John surgery of his career in April 2019 and hasn't seen game action since the 2016 season. It's unclear when the 21-year-old is expected to be able to return, though he has advanced to playing catch.
Espinoza (elbow) underwent the second Tommy John surgery of his career Monday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union Tribune reports.
The 21-year-old previously required the procedure in 2017 and appeared to be closing in on a return to competitive action, but he experienced a significant setback while pitching in an extended spring training game. He'll be out for all of the 2019 season and is likely to miss a large portion of 2020 as well, considering the lengthy rehab process required for the injury. Given that he'll essentially have four lost seasons of action by the time he's presumably back to full health in 2021, Espinoza no longer warrants much attention in dynasty leagues.
Espinoza (elbow) will remain at the Padres' spring training facility to begin the season rather than reporting to an affiliate, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
This is all part of the plan with Espinoza, whom the Padres hope will have a very similar return season to what Chris Paddack did in 2018 -- starting in extended spring training before going to High-A and then finishing the year at Double-A while logging around 100 total innings. Espinoza's return from July 2017 Tommy John surgery has not been as prompt as one would have hoped, but there has been no news of a recent setback.
Espinoza (elbow) was optioned to the minors Friday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Espinoza hasn't pitched since 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He was protected from the Rule 5 draft in November and added to the Padres' 40-man roster, but he's still a long way from the big leagues, as he's yet to pitch above Low-A and has just 166.2 professional innings under his belt.
Espinoza (elbow) is set to throw a bullpen session Friday, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
Espinoza underwent Tommy John surgery in August 2017 and did not pitch during 2018, though the Padres still elected to shield him from the Rule 5 draft by adding him to the 40-man roster in November. The 21-year-old could face live hitters in the near future, but he seems likely to have limited innings during 2019 coming off the surgery and extensive layoff.
Espinoza (elbow) was added to San Diego's 40-man roster Tuesday.
Espinoza underwent Tommy John surgery in July of 2017, but clearly the Padres still felt that he was worth protecting from the Rule 5 draft. Per Dennis Lin of The Athletic, Espinoza progressed to throwing off a mound during fall instructionals and should be ready to face live hitters when spring training opens. The Padres are likely to limit his innings count in 2019 while he eases back in from the major elbow procedure.
Espinoza (elbow) is throwing from 90 feet but is not expected to pitch in games before the fall instructional league, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
The Padres will wait for Espinoza to throw from at least 120 feet before he starts mound work, but it's clear that they are not rushing his recovery. He had Tommy John surgery in late July, so a return in the fall instructional league would make sense. In addition to missing all of 2018, Espinoza will have his workload monitored carefully in 2019 as well, so he is unlikely to reach the majors until at least 2020.
Espinoza (forearm) is expected to be sidelined through the end of the 2018 season after he undergoes Tommy John surgery next week, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
The timing of Espinoza's injury and subsequent surgery is particularly unfortunate as it'll not only cost him the rest of the 2017 campaign, but also the 2018 season in all likelihood. Espinoza battled through forearm issues for much of the season, and a recent flareup during a bullpen session resulted in him getting the dreaded news that he'd require the surgery. Fortunately, Espinoza won't turn 20 until the end of August, so he'll still have his prime in front of him when he returns in 2019.
Espinoza was diagnosed with a torn UCL on Friday and will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery, Dennis Lin of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
The pitching phenom, who was already on the DL with forearm tightness, felt nagging pain following a bullpen session Thursday, and unfortunately it turned out to be the worst-case scenario. Espinoza, 19, hadn't pitched this season after being shut down back in April, and likely won't get a chance to take the mound until late next season at the earliest, though he could be in jeopardy of missing the entirety of 2018 as well.
Espinoza (forearm tightness) recently started playing catch again in Arizona and could be pitching in games in late July if he does not encounter further setbacks, Kyle Glaser of Baseball America reports.
As Glaser termed it, Espinoza is essentially at the beginning stages of spring training for his season due to all the missed time. The 19-year-old righty was shut down with forearm tightness after he reported to High-A Lake Elsinore in early April. After two weeks off, he still had lingering soreness, and his throwing program was halted after one session, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. General manager A.J. Preller said an MRI did not reveal any damage in Espinoza's UCL, but the team is preaching patience and caution regarding his activity this season, as he would still be young for High-A even if he has to return to the level next year. While this situation is obviously concerning and frustrating for dynasty league owners, Espinoza should still be treated like one of the best pitching prospects in the minors, as few pitchers can match his long-term upside.
Espinoza was shut down from throwing again after experiencing mild soreness in his right elbow, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
The good news is that an MRI revealed no red flags, but the Padres will likely hold him out slightly longer than necessary to let the inflammation subside. Given the setback, Espinoza likely won't return to game action until sometime later in May, at the earliest.
Espinoza (forearm tightness) is expected to start a throwing program this week and is unlikely to return to game action until May, the San Diego Union-Tribune's Jeff Sanders reports.
His forearm tightness is not believed to be the result of an elbow or ligament issue, so for now it seems the Padres' top pitching prospect should be able to return to pitching in the not-so-distant future. As long as Espinoza avoids going under the knife, he will remain one of the top pitching prospects in the game.
Per general manager A.J. Preller, Espinoza's forearm tightness is not due to any ligament- or elbow-related issues, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Espinoza went in for an MRI on Thursday evening after going on the disabled list with forearm tightness, but the results appeared to have cleared the top prospect of anything serious. The 19-year-old is scheduled to rest 7-to-10 days before beginning another throwing program, which could push his return date into early May.
Espinoza (forearm tightness) will be evaluated by the Padres' team doctor Thursday night, the San Diego Union-Tribune's Jeff Sanders reports. "We'll see what comes up in the next few days, but so far nobody seems too concerned," general manager A.J. Preller said.
He didn't report any soreness until reporting to High-A Lake Elsinore a few days ago, which is why there is little information to work with right now. Consider him out indefinitely, with more information likely coming in a day or two.
Espinoza will begin the season on the 7-day disabled list due to forearm tightness, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
It's unclear when this issue cropped up, but forearm tightness is certainly not something anyone wants to hear. The severity of the ailment is also unknown at this time, so Espinoza's status moving forward should become clearer once a more official diagnosis is released.
Keith Law of ESPN, Baseball America and MLB.com all have Espinoza pegged as the Padres' top prospect, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
That is quite an honor to be bestowed on a young player when you consider the Padres possess several top-100 prospects. What he lacks in size (6-foot, 160 pounds), Espinoza more than makes up in power (mid-to-high 90s fastball) and plus control. He will likely begin the year with High-A Lake Elsinore, putting him on track for a 2018 debut. Those in standard formats should pass on Espinoza this year, but dynasty owners should be targeting him if he hasn't been stashed already.
Espinoza, 18, has a 5.79 ERA and 18:6 K:BB in 23.1 innings at Low-A since being traded to the Padres.
Espinoza still has huge upside, and it is likely he has just hit a wall as the season draws to a close. Espinoza hurled just 58.1 innings in 2015, yet is close to 100 innings in 2016. He will remain one of the top pitching prospects in baseball heading into the 2017 campaign.
Espinoza, 18, has a 4.26 ERA and 8:6 K:BB through 12.2 innings at Low-A since being traded to the Padres.
The sample size is small, of course, and Espinoza's upside is enormous. Dealt from the Red Sox in the Drew Pomeranz trade, Espinoza won't hit the big leagues for a few years but is one of the top pitching prospects in baseball. He instantly became the best arm in the San Diego system upon arrival.
Espinoza, who was traded from Boston to San Diego for Drew Pomeranz, will make his organizational debut for Low-A Fort Wayne of the Midwest League on Wednesday, Chris Goff of the Journal Gazette reports.
The Padres got themselves a good one in Espinoza, who is regarded highly by many prospect evaluators. As the youngest pitcher in the Low-A South Atlantic League, the 18-year-old had a 4.38 ERA, allowing 77 hits and 27 walks while striking out 72 in 76 innings.
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