Wright hopes this fixes the shoulder issues he’s experienced for a while. In January, he received a cortisone injection, which helped but put him behind other starters in spring training. In May, he left a start in Miami early because of what the Braves termed as a “right shoulder strain.” He returned in September, but wasn’t back to his 2022 form.
It seemed like Wright was trying to pitch through the injury in hopes of making the postseason roster. When that didn’t happen, he decided to focus on repairing his shoulder.
Without Wright, the Braves have Max Fried, Charlie Morton and Bryce Elder for next year’s rotation. They could have help internally, but president of baseball operations Alex Anthopoulos likely will need to address the rotation in the offseason.
The Braves on Thursday were eliminated from the postseason with a Game 4 loss to the Phillies.
In 2023, Wright pitched to a 6.97 ERA over 31 innings.