The Atlanta Braves placed LHP Max Fried on the 15-day injured list with a recurring blister on his left index finger Friday. Here’s what you need to know:
- With the IL stint, Fried is expected to miss his final two starts of the regular season and return in time for the postseason.
- The 29-year-old is 8-1 in his 14 outings this season, leading all Braves starters with a 2.55 ERA, a figure that would be second-best in the National League if Fried had tossed enough innings to qualify.
- In a corresponding move, the Braves recalled RHP Darius Vines from Triple-A Gwinnett. Vines has a 3.27 ERA in 11 innings over three appearances for the Braves this season.
- Atlanta (98-55) has clinched the NL East and has the best record in all of MLB.
The #Braves today recalled RHP Darius Vines to Atlanta and placed LHP Max Fried on the 15-day injured list with a blister on his left index finger.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 22, 2023
The No. 7 pick in the 2012 draft, Fried has spent his entire major-league career with Atlanta since being called up in 2017. He finished fifth in Cy Young Award voting in 2020 and was runner-up in 2022.
The three-time Gold Glove winner has spent considerable time on the IL throughout 2023, with a strained hamstring and a strained forearm. He was activated off the IL in early August and has gone 6-0 since Aug. 4.
In his most recent start on Sept. 21, which was pushed back due to a developing blister, Fried picked up a victory after pitching six innings of one-run ball, striking out seven.
Blister injuries have plagued Fried in the past, as he spent time on the IL with blister injuries in 2018, 2019 and in 2021.
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