Max Fried goes on IL with back spasms from carrying Braves rotation

Max Fried, Travis d'arnaud, Atlanta Braves. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
Max Fried, Travis d'arnaud, Atlanta Braves. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

Max Fried goes on the IL with back spasms, Braves Country screams silently.

The Atlanta Braves will be without ace pitcher Max Fried for the next week or so, as he goes on IL.

After hopefully what was a fairly decent Labor Day weekend, Braves Country goes back to work on Tuesday morning and gets more bad news regarding their starting rotation. While it’s a good thing to see former first-round pick Kyle Wright make his return to the big league club, it also meant Fried was going on IL with back spasms from carrying this loathsome burden of a Braves rotation.

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A day after Ian Anderson‘s first bad start of his big league career, Braves Country realizes why it can’t have nice things. Despite having a batting order, a lineup and a bullpen worthy of possibly getting to the World Series, once again, it’s the Braves’ pitiful excuse for a starting rotation that rears its ugly head. It’s only a 60-game MLB season, but it’s been hell on earth for this bunch.

Last year’s NL Rookie of the Year runner-up Mike Soroka tore his Achilles’ against the New York Mets very early in this shortened season. Atlanta has seen Mike Foltynewicz and Jhoulys Chacin get designated for assignment, Sean Newcomb and Touki Toussaint get sent down, and have had the likes of Robbie Erlin and Josh Tomlin have to attempt to eat innings in between Fried starts.

The goods news, if there’s any for the Braves regarding this, is this stint on the IL is backdated, meaning it went into effect on Sunday, Sept. 6. This means Fried can make his triumphant return to the mound conceivably on Wednesday, Sept. 16 vs. the lowly Baltimore Orioles. Given that’s the final day of a road series before an off-day, he may return two days later vs. the Mets.

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Though Atlanta remains in first place in the NL East, the Braves don’t have a sizable lead in the division to ride this thing out. Atlanta lost Fried’s last start for them on Saturday, as the bullpen let him down in a game he didn’t factor into the decision. Being tasked to carry one of the worst rotations in baseball seems to be catching up to Fried. He will miss his next start by going on IL.

Braves Country must hope the bats stay hot and the bullpen doesn’t leak in the next week or so.