Braves ace Max Fried (ankle) expected to return for playoff game opener


Braves ace Max Fried is expected to be ready for Game 1 of the playoffs after leaving his start on Wednesday with an ankle injury.Braves manager Brian Snitker said Fried was in pain but further ankle tests were negative.

Fried was making his last regular-season start for the NL East champions and hoped to bolster his Cy Young Award credentials before starting Game 1 of his team’s first round series. He only lasted one inning against the Marlins, twisting his ankle while lining up a bunt along the third baseline by Starling Marte.

While Fried doesn’t appear to have a decay injury, he wasn’t the same pitcher after the game.


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