Slowly, the Braves’ rotation is getting healthier. Drew Smyly returned from his own stint on the injured list Sunday, though he was lit up in a loss to the Diamondbacks. Fried’s return — and no other starter injuries in the days before — would give the Braves their initial four-man rotation back in Fried, Ian Anderson, Charlie Morton and Smyly.
In the meantime, the Braves have had the depth to withstand their pitching injuries. Bryse Wilson has made a couple starts. Kyle Wright had a spot start in Chicago. And Huascar Ynoa has been the most impressive, earning a 3.68 ERA with 25 strikeouts over his first 22 innings this season. Ynoa, barring a drop-off in performance, will likely retain the fifth starter spot until Mike Soroka (Achilles, shoulder inflammation) joins the group, though that’s probably over a month away.