The Atlanta Braves were uncomfortable as they awaited timelines on Max Fried and Kyle Wright. The bad news is in. Mark Bowman of MLB.com has reported that both Wright and Fried will miss at least two months.Embed from Getty Images
The Braves will employ the opener strategy tonight and start relier Dylan Lee against the Boston Red Sox. Spencer Strider will start Friday with Bryce Elder pitching Saturday. Charlie Morton has been pushed to Monday. This means the Braves will have to make a decision for Saturday’s starter.
Will the Atlanta Braves Replace Max Fried with Soroka?
Michael Soroka last started for Ginnett on May 6. He had six days between starts his last time out, which was the fewest days of rest he’s had between starts all year. The Braves are hoping to limit his innings and work him back slowly, considering all he’s been through.
Soroka hasn’t pitched in the Major Leagues since 2020. However, the Braves may have their hand forced if they can’t get reliability from Dodd, Shuster, and any other combination of young pitchers they can find in the minor leagues. They are not in a position to develop young pitchers in the midst of a pennant race.
If they think Soroka is ready to contribute, you have to think there’s a good chance we will see him soon. Sunday’s vacancy will be eight days removed from Soroka’s last start in Gwinnett.
The Bright Side for the Braves
The forearm soreness Fried is dealing with is often a precursor to Tommy John surgery. So, the bright side is that Fried could be back in the first half of July.