There was a mass of injury updates in the pitching department for the Atlanta Braves today. In fact it was four different updates provided by beat reporter Mark Bowman. The most notable name on that list was staff ace Max Fried.
There was speculation that Fried would need at least one more rehab start after his latest 65 pitch outing yesterday, and that was confirmed by manager Brian Snitker today. If it is indeed just one more rehab start that would allow Fried to possibly start sometime during their next homestand.
The next update we will mention is the man who has been out of action the longest, Dylan Lee. He has been sidelined since mid May with left shoulder inflammation. Bowman reported today that he got through his latest bullpen session with the desired health.
The buzz around Lee right now is he is someone who may not require any rehab outings. Thus there has been some thinking he could return as early as the upcoming Boston series.
A.J. Minter’s sore pectoral has placed him on the IL. Fortunately, the injury looks to be very minimal, just as the team originally thought. Minter had a bullpen session as well and he too got positive feedback.
The last reliever we have to touch on is the great Jesse Chavez. Unfortunately, this was the most discouraging of the four updates we got as Chavez is still walking around with a bit of a limp.
He has been sidelined since mid June when he took a line drive comebacker off the bat of Miguel Cabrera. It was reported that he is still at least a few weeks away. It is such a bummer of a development because Chavez was in the midst of one of his best seasons in his 16-year career. On the season Chavez has a 1.55 ERA and 2.49 FIP.
Hopefully each of these guys make their way back on the mound sooner rather than later. Once they do the rotation and the bullpen will have an abundance quality arms to choose from.