The Atlanta Braves had some big news on Tuesday morning with their ace pitcher heading to the IL and a fan-favorite being designated for assignment.
It turns out the Cy Young candidate was dealing with a muscle spasm in his spine.
As a result, the Braves have placed him on the 10-day IL, which means he’ll likely miss at least two turns in the rotation.
That’s a huge deal for the Braves considering Fried was pretty much the only reliable starter they have. Especially after Ian Anderson struggled to get through three innings against the Miami Marlins on Monday.
It had already been announced that Kyle Wright was being re-called to make a start on Tuesday, but now they’ll need someone else to take Fried’s spot in the rotation until he can come back.
Robbie Erlin came on in relief of Anderson on Monday and could be a candidate to replace Fried in the rotation.
Hopefully the injury to Fried isn’t considered to be serious and he can come back shortly after his 10-day IL stint as we’ll need him fully healthy to have any chance in the postseason.
It’s good to see Jacob Webb back and I look forward to seeing what he can do down the stretch out of the bullpen.
Atlanta Braves DFA Charlie Culberson
We’ve all kind of seen the writing on the wall for Charlie. With the DH in the National League this year it’s really just ended the careers of guys like Culberson who survive on pinch-hit opportunities.
Like many Braves fans, I love Charlie and think he’s a great guy. And at the very least, I think he’s a great clubhouse guy even if he’s not getting any playing time.
There’s a good chance Charlie clears waivers and is sent to the Gwinnett site, which is what I’m hoping will happen.
The Braves are clinging to a two-game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East, so this news couldn’t have come at a worse time. We’ve been saying it for a while and it hasn’t happened, but somebody has to step up in the rotation.