Fried (1-1) allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits and one walk across 5.1 innings to earn the loss Monday against the Mets. He struck out two. Fried pitched well aside from the third inning, when he allowed two runs on two hits, an error and a hit batsman. He pumped in 16 first-pitch strikes to 25 hitters and induced 12 groundball outs. Fried struggled in his previous start, but this improved effort lowered his season ERA to a respectable 3.74. He was assigned to the spot start as the team completed a doubleheader, to it's possible that the left-hander has made his final appearance of 2017.
Fried will start the second game of Monday's doubleheader against the Mets, Chris Bumbaca of MLB.com reports. The Braves will require a sixth starter with the team in the midst of a six-game stretch in five days, so Fried will temporarily reenter the rotation to fill the void. It will mark the left-hander's first start since Sept. 9 against the Marlins, when he surrendered four runs (three earned) over 3.2 innings. Due to Fried's prior history of elbow problems, the Braves likely aren't eager to have him work deep into Monday's outing even if he performs well, so his upside is fairly limited as a streamer in season-long leagues and as a DFS play.
Fried could start Monday against the Phillies if Mike Foltynewicz (finger) is unable to pitch, David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. It's not looking good for Foltynewicz, who is dealing with a lacerated finger, so Fried may reenter the rotation for a spot start after all. Fellow rookie Lucas Sims picked up the spot start over Fried on Wednesday, but with a doubleheader set for Monday, Sims and Fried would likely both start for the Braves if Foltynewicz can't go. The 23-year-old owns a 4.41 ERA and 13:10 K:BB across 16.1 innings with the big club this season. He started a pair of games earlier in the month before being shifted back to the bullpen.
Fried might be tabbed to start Wednesday's game following the injury to Mike Foltynewicz (finger) during Thursday's contest, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. It was looking like Fried might've lost his spot in the rotation, but with Foltynewicz's injury, the 23-year-old will likely take his place during Wednesday's game. There's a chance that manager Brian Snitker taps Lucas Sims instead of Fried, but that choice will likely be made toward the tail end of this weekend. During six appearances (two starts) with the big-league team this season, Fried has posted a 4.70 ERA and 1.76 WHIP over 15.1 innings.
Fried isn't listed among the Braves' probable starters for their three-game weekend series with the Mets, suggesting he may have been dropped from the rotation, MLB.com reports. After being recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Sept. 1, Fried was immediately inserted into the rotation as part of a six-man setup, making two starts with the big club. Though he performed respectably in the two outings, the Braves may be aiming to limit Fried's workload as the season winds down since he's already accumulated 108 innings across three levels, which represents his largest workload in any campaign since undergoing Tommy John surgery in August of 2014. It's unclear if the Braves will replace Fried in the rotation next week or simply go with five starters from here on out.
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