Womp womp (inbox) –


Right-handed pitcher Andrew Painter has been undergoing conservative management for a right elbow partial ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injury since March 2, 2023. While he was able to return to throwing bullpens and follow-up imaging has shown interval healing in his elbow, over the last few weeks, he continues to be symptomatic upon examination. Considering the timing of the season and that Painter is still experiencing symptoms, the Phillies medical staff has recommended he undergo a right elbow UCL reconstruction with ulnar nerve transposition surgery.

Painter has a surgical consultation with Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Monday, July 24, 2023, in Los Angeles, Calif.   

Tommy John surgery. Bummer. Seems like the Phils bungled this one, but you could understand the idea of trying to spare him an operation.

No Painter this year, and we’ll see about next year. Thankfully the kid is young and has a lot of quality years ahead of him, we hope, so shut him down now, patch him up, then take it from there.