The Atlanta Braves are dealing with a partial rotation right now. Their 2020 ace, Max Fried is currently on the 10-day injured list. One of their off-season signings, Drew Smyly also served a 10-day stint of his own recently. Not to mention that 2019 Rookie Of The Year finalist Mike Soroka, who was nearly back from rehabbing a torn achilles in 2020, now has shoulder inflammation, extending his time away from the game.
The Braves have slotted in Bryse Wilson and Huascar Ynoa to fill in the spots Fried and Smyly left behind. Wilson is a very intriguing young arm who will likely get a longer look, and Ynoa looked great in his first 12 innings of the season but surrendered 6 earned runs in just 4 innings during his third start. He looked a lot better in his most recent start, but he’s given up 5 home runs in less than 30 innings.
While Ynoa and Wilson are young arms deserving of a look in the majors, the number of injuries to such key players, especially to the likes of Fried and Soroka, leave this team needing another arm. Ian Anderson and former Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton have looked pretty solid this year, but they alone can’t fill in the innings that Fried and Soroka are leaving behind.