The Atlanta Braves starting rotation recently took another big hit.
With Kyle Wright already on the injured list, left-hander Max Fried will join him.
Fried will hit the injured list with a left forearm strain.
Atlanta owns the best record in the National League at 24-11, and they lead the NL East division by seven games over the second-place New York Mets.
However, the depth in their starting rotation just took a major hit.
Spencer Strider and Charlie Morton are both still active.
On Twitter, Braves analyst Grant McAuley took note of the hit the Braves are taking in their rotation and what their rotation depth looks like now.
In the meantime, the #Braves starting rotation depth:
Max Fried joins Kyle Wright on the IL. Ian Anderson underwent Tommy John surgery last month.
— Grant McAuley (@grantmcauley) May 9, 2023
Strider and Morton are both viable starters that can lead the rotation.
Bryce Elder has also pitched quite well, as has Dylan Dodd.
But losing Fried certainly doesn’t help matters.
Still, they have former ace Mike Soroka in the minors who could be of use in the near future.
Left-hander Jared Schuster is also an option.
But with Fried down, the Braves are slightly limited, and their rotation now has a whole host of question marks.
The left-hander is 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA in five starts this season.
He began the 2023 season on the injured list due to a hamstring issue.
The 29-year-old worked his way back and returned on April 17.
With months to go before the trade deadline, the Braves will have to rely heavily on their starting pitching depth, especially Strider and Morton.
Fried owns a career ERA of 3.05 in 130 appearances.NEXT: MLB Insider Provides Latest Max Fried Injury Update