As expected, the Braves recalled Bryse Wilson to start Tuesday night’s game in Milwaukee. What was not anticipated was whose roster spot he would be taking. Yesterday’s starter, Max Fried, is heading to the 10-day IL with a blister on his index finger – the Braves announced this afternoon.
The southpaw exited the game early, throwing only 76 pitches over five scoreless innings, and a blister was the reported culprit after the game. This is an issue Fried has dealt with throughout his career, specifically last season, but it had not affected him this year until last night.
Most likely, this is only precautionary. The Braves have the luxury of doing things like this when they have a 7.5 game cushion in the division. However, the timing of the injury was unfortunate. Fried had been struggling as of late but was amid his best outing since the beginning of the season. The next thing to figure out is who will take his place in the rotation.
The Braves could bring back one of their estranged starters – Mike Foltynewicz or Kevin Gausman – for a second opportunity, or they might give one of their young prospects a shot. Kyle Wright hasn’t made an appearance in the majors since early April and has been dynamite as of late for Gwinnett. It could also be time for a Kolby Allard appearance. Sean Newcomb is another option, although, his production out of the bullpen may be too difficult to replace.