One of the encouraging developments from the Braves open workouts yesterday was that Max Fried was able to throw five innings (76 pitches). He’s currently on the IL with a blister but is eligible to come off prior to the start of the NLDS this Saturday. However, the Braves opted not to let Fried speak to the media yesterday and would not comment on his situation. All that was made available is that he did pitch with a band-aid on for most of the outing.
That changed today. Brian Snitker provided an extremely positive injury update on the Braves ace, revealing that Max Fried did not pitch with the band-aid in the first inning to see how it felt. He then put the bandage on for the final four frames to ensure nothing flared up.
#Braves MGR Brian Snitker updated Max Fried's status – he threw without the bandage on his finger in the 1st inning to test it out. Felt good, then they covered the spot on his index finger for next 4 innings to get him through 75 pitches without issue. Should be ready for NLDS.
— Grant McAuley (@grantmcauley) October 4, 2023
For what it’s worth, Fried tossed a perfect first inning during yesterday’s scrimmage, so the outlook is extremely encouraging that he will be available. Given that he threw 76 pitches yesterday, it seems most likely he will get the ball in Game 2, with Spencer Strider set to pitch Game 1.
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