Thorpe to undergo MRI exam on elbow this week

Thorpe to undergo MRI exam on elbow this week

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Twins pitching prospect Lewis Thorpe is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam on his throwing elbow this week after leaving his most recent Minor League outing with pain.

Thorpe, ranked as Minnesota's No. 10 prospect by MLB.com, was shut down while pitching for Class A Cedar Rapids last September with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. But he rehabbed it this offseason and had no issues until feeling discomfort in his last start.

Twins general manager Terry Ryan said he won't have an update until Thorpe undergoes the MRI exam, but he remains hopeful the 19-year-old won't need Tommy John surgery.

"We have not gotten any full information if he'll have to have anything done to that yet," Ryan said. "It's unfortunate. I hate those things, especially for young kids. So we'll see exactly what they tell us and how we'll move forward with him."

Thorpe, a native of Australia, posted a 3.52 ERA with 80 strikeouts and 36 walks in 71 2/3 innings with Cedar Rapids last year.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.