The Atlanta Braves got some bad news on Tuesday when it was announced that their ace, left-hander Max Fried, would be headed to the injured list due to a left forearm strain.
Fried missed the start of the 2023 season due to a hamstring injury but made his way back and was activated on April 17.
However, this injury may complicate things further, as the Braves are now without a key piece in their starting rotation.
MLB.com writer Mark Feinsand stopped by MLB Network and spoke with Alanna Rizzo about the recent news of Fried’s injury and what it means for the Braves.
The latest on Max Fried's injury and a possible timetable for his return to the #Braves rotation ⬇️#HighHeat | @Feinsand pic.twitter.com/cIxoqcBnxv
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) May 9, 2023
Fried recently had an MRI on his left arm.
Despite the bad news, there may a silver lining to all of this.
Feinsand revealed that the MRI left the Braves with no concern of Fried needing Tommy John surgery.
Fried has already had Tommy John surgery during his career.
But fortunately, the Braves do not seem concerned about him needing it again.
However, Feinsand noted that this is not a short-term injury issue for the Braves and that Fried will almost certainly be out for an extended period of time.
Fried will be shut down until his arm begins to heal, and Feinsand predicted that he’ll need three to four weeks before he starts throwing again.
He also predicted that it will likely take six weeks for Fried to return from his injury.
The Braves are also without right-hander Kyle Wright, who won 21 games for the team in 2022 and posted an ERA of 3.19.NEXT: Braves Announce The Return Of A Key Bullpen Piece