Max Fried exits Opening Day start with apparent leg injury


Max Fried’s first start of the season was cut short. The Braves’ ace was pulled from his start in the bottom of the fourth inning of a 4-1 game after appearing to injure his left leg while fielding his position running to first base on a Dominic Smith groundout. Dukes & Bell reacted to the news.

“That is certainly not what we want to hear!” Carl Dukes exclaimed.

“The Braves described it as left hamstring discomfort. He balls out through Spring Training and was looking to get his first Opening Day win. Hopefully it’s just one of those things where he misses a start. But when it’s Max Fried, the franchise pitcher, you freak out a little bit. I know we are.” Mike Bell said.

Fried went back to the mound and threw a warmup pitch before the training staff made the call to take him out. His final line on Opening Day will go down as 43 pitches in 3 1/3 innings, giving up one run on four hits.

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Featured Image Photo Credit: Mar 30, 2023; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried (54) throws to the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports