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Christian Friedrich | Starting Pitcher | #53

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (30) / 7/8/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
College: Eastern Kentucky
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (25) / COL

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Christian Friedrich has elected free agency.
He cleared outright waivers and has decided to look for a job elsewhere. Friedrich had arthroscopic left elbow surgery in August but will be ready for spring training. The 30-year-old left-hander has posted a 5.37 ERA and 246/117 K/BB ratio over 296 2/3 innings at the big league level. Mon, Oct 30, 2017 05:51:00 PM

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Christian Friedrich will undergo season-ending arthroscopic elbow surgery later this week.

Friedrich is aiming to be 100 percent healthy at the opening of spring training next February, after being limited to 19 minor league innings in 2017 due to multiple arm problems. The 30-year-old left-hander is a potential non-tender candidate for the Padres this winter.
Wed, Aug 16, 2017 12:49:00 AM

Christian Friedrich will undergo tests due to tenderness in his left elbow.

Friedrich has been out all season with various ailments and this is the second time he's had a setback with his elbow. More will obviously be known about his status after the test results are in.
Fri, Jul 7, 2017 04:58:00 PM

Christian Friedrich (lat, arm) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment this week with Double-A San Antonio.

Friedrich was placed on the disabled list just before Opening Day with a strained lat muscle and developed elbow discomfort while recovering from that injury. But he seems to be on the right track now. We should see the left-hander in a Padres uniform before the end of June.
Tue, Jun 6, 2017 07:17:00 PM

Padres transferred LHP Christian Friedrich from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Friedrich is still rehabbing injuries to his lat and left elbow and won't be an option for the Padres before early June. The move cleared a 40-man roster spot for reliever Jose Valdez, who was claimed off waivers from the Angels on Wednesday afternoon.
Wed, May 10, 2017 02:10:00 PM

Christian Friedrich (lat, elbow) played catch from 120 feet on Wednesday.

Friedrich started the season on the disabled list with a lat injury and more recently has dealt with a sore elbow. It appears he's making progress, though. "He’s been structurally checked in the elbow and the shoulder," Padres manager Andy Green said. "He’s on a path towards getting back." Friedrich is out indefinitely.
Fri, May 5, 2017 10:52:00 AM

An MRI on Christian Friedrich's left elbow came back negative.

Friedrich went on the disabled list with a strained lat but has felt soreness in his elbow recently. However, he doesn't have anything wrong structurally and will head to the Padres' spring training complex Sunday to begin his rehab.
Fri, Apr 7, 2017 03:47:00 PM

Padres manager Andy Green said that Christian Friedrich (lat) has been experiencing tenderness in his left elbow and will receive a medical examination.

Friedrich was shut down near the end of spring training with what was termed as a strained left lat. Elbow tenderness could be a sign of something more serious, though. His check-up with doctors in Peoria should shed more light on the extent of his injury and a possible timetable for his return.
Wed, Apr 5, 2017 09:08:00 PM

Padres placed LHP Christian Friedrich on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left lat.

He's been dealing with the injury for a few weeks. It's unclear how long Friedrich will be on the shelf.
Sun, Apr 2, 2017 02:48:00 PM

Christian Friedrich will open the season on the disabled list after being diagnosed with a strained left lat.

Friedrich hadn't pitched in a week due to the ailment. He'll be shut down for 1-2 weeks and it's unclear at this point how long he'll be sidelined. His absence should give a guy like Trevor Cahill a better shot at a rotation spot.
Fri, Mar 24, 2017 12:58:00 PM

Christian Friedrich was scratched from a scheduled bullpen session Sunday due to general soreness in his pitching arm.

It doesn't get more vague than that. Without more details, it's impossible to project how long this might sideline the left-hander. Perhaps the Padres will offer up more on Friedrich later Sunday.
Sun, Mar 19, 2017 01:01:00 PM

Christian Friedrich was pounded for five runs -- four earned -- in his two-inning start against the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

He gave up three hits and a walk without striking out anyone. The big blow was a two-run homer by backup catcher Oscar Hernandez. Friedrich had a 5-12 record with a 4.80 ERA in 129 1/3 innings for the Padres in 2016. He is likely to begin the season in the starting rotation unless he continues to struggle like he did today.
Thu, Mar 2, 2017 11:10:00 PM

Padres and LHP Christian Friedrich avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.79 million contract.

The southpaw was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. Friedrich held a 4.80 ERA over 24 appearances -- 23 starts -- for the Padres last season and will be part of their rotation in 2017.
Fri, Jan 13, 2017 04:01:00 PM

Christian Friedrich couldn't make it out of the sixth inning in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers, allowing five runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Friedrich surrendered an RBI double to Joc Pederson in the fifth inning, but the real killer frame was the sixth. He allowed four runs in that one. Over the course of 129 1/3 innings this season, the 29-year-old southpaw pitched to an underwhelming 4.80 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 100/52 K/BB ratio.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 12:59:00 AM

Christian Friedrich faltered late in Thursday's loss to the Giants, surrendering two runs on three hits over seven-plus innings.

Friedrich and Giants starter Jeff Samardzija were locked in a fantastic pitcher's duel over the first seven innings, with both pitchers posting goose eggs. The Padres' issues began when Friedrich trotted back out to start the eighth inning. He surrendered a double and a single to open the frame. Both of those runners would come around to score after he was lifted from the proceedings. For the season, the 29-year-old southpaw has pitched to a 4.66 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. He will finish out his season with a home start against the Dodgers next time he toes the rubber.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016 01:20:00 AM

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