Braves’ Fried (ankle) expected to be ready for playoff opener

Braves’ Fried (ankle) expected to be ready for playoff opener

Atlanta Braves left-hander Max Fried is expected to be ready for the club’s first playoff game next week, manager Brian Snitker said prior to Thursday’s game against the Miami Marlins.

Fried left Wednesday’s start against the Marlins after one inning due to a left ankle injury sustained when he was fielding a bunt near the third-base line. The 26-year-old told the club on Thursday that the ankle is still sore, but also feeling better.

“He’s moving around OK,” Snitker said. “He’s a little sore. But all the tests were negative and he’ll just continue to get treatment and take it day-to-day. I think with everything they have going on in that training room, he’ll be good to go.”

Fried has been superb for the Braves this season with a 7-0 record and 2.25 ERA. He is considered a candidate for the National League Cy Young Award.

Fried recently returned from a back injury that caused him to go 13 days between starts earlier this month. In fact, he has pitched just 11 innings in September but Snitker isn’t concerned.

“He’ll be fine,” Snitker said. “It is what it is. There’s nothing wrong with his arm. It’s just one of those situations we’re going to have to play around with.”

After tweaking the ankle on Wednesday while notching the second out of the inning, Fried served up back-to-back homers to Jesus Aguilar and Brian Anderson and Garrett Cooper followed with a double off the wall in left center. Fried hadn’t allowed a homer all season prior to the ankle injury.

The Braves (34-22) have already clinched the NL East.

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