Wednesday was Fried’s final tune-up before the postseason when, if healthy, he’s expected to start Game 1 of the best-of-three wild-card round next week at Truist Park. This was Fried’s second outing since returning from the 10-day injured list with a back injury that cost him one start. Ideally, he would’ve logged a heavier workload Wednesday with a week until his next outing.
Snitker was optimistic that Fried avoided a serious injury, but he said the team would know more later Wednesday night and Thursday.
“The preliminaries are good, but we’ll know more (later) tonight,” he said. “He was walking around gingerly a little bit. We didn’t want to take any chances. … I think it will be fine. Tomorrow, we’ll see where he’s at and plan from there.”
Fried, 26, finishes his breakout season with a 7-0 record, a 2.25 ERA with a 50:19 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 11 starts (56 innings). The left-hander carried a decimated rotation, providing the only bit of reliability and consistency the Braves received from the group. He’ll be among the crowded field of National League Cy Young award contenders.