San Diego Padres top pitching prospect Max Fried was shut down for two weeks because of soreness in his pitching forearm.

Fried, a left-hander, was the No. 7 overall pick in the 2012 draft. He was expected to participate in the club's annual prospect minicamp, which started Wednesday.

"He experienced some soreness during his offseason throwing," general manager Josh Byrnes told MLB.com on Thursday. "We examined him in San Diego and again in Peoria (Ariz.) and have decided to shut down any throwing until the symptoms are completely resolved."

Fried, 20, is 6-8 with a 3.50 ERA in 136 1/3 pro innings, mostly with Class A Fort Wayne of the Midwest League last year.

Fried is expected to start the season in Class A Lake Elsinore of the California League.

An MRI taken Feb. 11 revealed no damage to his elbow.