Phillies shut down top pitching prospect

Prospect Jarred Cosart will not pitch for the remainder of the season. (Elizabeth Robertson/Staff Photographer)

Jarred Cosart, the Phillies' top pitching prospect, will not pitch for the remainder of the season due to an elbow injury he suffered in June.

Phillies assistant general manager Chuck LaMar said he's hopeful Cosart will be ready to pitch when the fall instructional league begins Sept. 20. The Phillies were concerned enough by Cosart's injury to send him to renowned orthopedist James Andrews in early July. Andrews did not recommend surgery.

The Phillies had been hopeful Cosart, 20, could pitch at either single-A Lakewood or for one of the low-minors Florida clubs before the season ended. Instead, they will play it safe and hold Cosart out.

"We won't activate him during the year," LaMar said. "He'll be ready to throw in the instructional league."

Cosart will remain at the Phillies' complex in Clearwater, Fla., to continue his rehab. LaMar said Andrews' instructed the Phillies to give Cosart a few weeks off from throwing. The team will take it a step further.

Baseball America rated Cosart in the bottom half of its midseason top 50 prospect rankings. In 14 starts with Lakewood, Cosart was 7-3 with a 3.79 ERA. He struck out 77 and walked 16. The righthander was supposed to pitch in the Futures Game in Anaheim, Calif., but did not participate because of the elbow injury.