Max Fried remains on track to return to the Braves rotation by early next week, according to manager Brian Snitker.
Fried threw live batting practice Thursday before the Braves series finale against the Cubs. After a three-game weekend series against the Blue Jays in Florida, the Braves conclude their road trip with a three-game series at the Nationals beginning Tuesday.
“I thought the stuff was real crisp,” Snitker said after Fried’s session. “Command was real good. He fielded a couple bunts, covered first. Did the whole thing. … It was real encouraging.”
Snitker did not give a definitive return date. He said he would know more after seeing how Fried responds Friday. It’s likely Fried will start Tuesday or Wednesday against the Nationals.
The left-handed Fried has been out since April 14 when he was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain. He was injured a day earlier running the bases in a game against the Marlins. Fried is 0-1 with an 11.45 ERA in three starts before the injury. He allowed eight runs, seven earned, and nine hits in four innings before leaving the game against the Marlins.