Kyle Wright has been rehabbing his shoulder all offseason. He made his first appearance of Spring Training last week, but he’ll need more time to stretch out before he’s ready to toe the rubber of a major-league mound.
The Braves will give Kyle Wright extra time. So, Shuster and Dodd will both make a start within the first two series. Dodd will start April 4 in St. Louis, which is about three hours from his hometown of Bismarck, Ill (pop. 579)
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) March 26, 2023
As I’ve mentioned in my Opening Day roster predictions, this was expected. Wright only threw 24 pitches in his first start of the Spring. He’ll probably pitch between 40-50 next time out and continue to ramp things up over the next week. Providing there are no setbacks, we should see him back in Atlanta around mid-April.
I’m anxious to see how Kyle Wright follows up his 21-win season. With that being said, this situation actually works out pretty well for the Braves. Both Jared Shuster and Dylan Dodd have done enough to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster. With Wright beginning the season in Gwinnett, Dodd and Shuster can continue this competition into the season when the games actually count. They will give the Braves a much better idea of just how ready they are to be major-league contributors. I can’t wait to see them make their debuts, and before long, Wright will be back where he belongs in the middle of the rotation.
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