The Braves begin their trek towards the World Series on Saturday with Game 1 of the NLDS at Truist Park, but they are currently hosting scrimmages that are open to fans in preparation for the postseason.
There were a few notable developments on day one (they will be hosting these workouts tomorrow and Thursday as well). The most important being Max Fried is back. While he is currently on the IL with a blister, the expectation is that he will be ready to pitch one of the first two games of the NLDS. We will know in a few days how he was feeling back on the mound, but he was able to go five innings and threw over 75 pitches.
Max Fried has thrown 76 pitches (44 strikes) across five innings in the #Braves workout. Bullpen has gotten busy, so I'd imagine he's either done or closing in on the end of his outing.
— Grant McAuley (@grantmcauley) October 3, 2023
Max Fried did give up back-to-back homers in the outing to Kevin Pillar and Sean Murphy, but the results aren’t what is important. All that is noteworthy is his health, which we will not be getting an update on today. Fried wasn’t made available to the media, and the Braves will not comment on his status prior to the NLDS. We do know that Fried did pitch with a band-aid on his hand, however.
Fried did wear a Band-Aid during tonight's outing. The Braves won't make any more comments about him until Friday. Have to assume he'll be ready for Game 2 on Monday.
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) October 3, 2023
At this point, all we can do is wait patiently until the NLDS rosters are announced to find out if Max Fried will be available. Like Bowman, my guess is that he will be on the bump for Game 2, which means Spencer Strider will toe the rubber for Game 1 on Saturday.
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