Atlanta Braves’ SP Max Fried is headed to the injured list with a hamstring injury. Manager Brian Snitker shared an update on Fried ahead of Saturday’s game versus the Washington Nationals, per Mark Bowman.
“It’s good that he didn’t blow anything up,” Snitker said. “But he strained it, so it’s going to prohibit him from getting on the mound for a while.”
“A while” doesn’t exactly provide a strict timeline. Some may argue that could mean a couple weeks, while others may anticipate a much longer rehab process. As Snitker said, it is certainly a good thing that the Braves’ ace didn’t “blow anything up.”
Max Fried started Opening Day for the Braves, which is when he suffered the injury. The Braves are hoping he can return as soon as possible, as Fried is one of the best pitchers in baseball.
The left-hander finished second in NL Cy Young voting a season ago. He ended the year with a sparking 2.48 ERA to go along with 170 strikeouts over 185.1 innings pitched. Fried also played a crucial role in leading Atlanta to their NL East Division title over the New York Mets in 2022.
If the Braves want to win the division again in 2023, it will be imperative that Fried remains healthy. The Braves feature enough depth to compete without him, but the Mets and Philadelphia Phillies would gain quite the advantage if he was forced to miss a significant amount of time.
We will continue to monitor and provide updates on Max Fried as they are made available.