For the second year in a row, the Braves’ rotation has been ravaged by injuries. Mike Soroka was supposed to be coming back from a blown Achilles tendon, but suffered a setback during rehab in the form of shoulder inflammation and it doesn’t sound like he will be back any time soon. Max Fried is still dealing with hamstring issues and remains on the injured.
Fortunately, it looks like they will be getting Drew Smyly back this weekend.
#Braves' Drew Smyly will return from the IL and start Saturday against the Diamondbacks. He's been out with forearm inflammation.— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) April 21, 2021
Max Fried (hamstring) remains day to day, Snitker said.
Usually, when a pitcher’s forearm is mentioned in an injury report, it is not good news, so it is heartening to see that Smyly’s absence was not a prolonged one. The Braves are counting on Smyly to give them some quality innings in a rotation where such innings have been tough to come by at times. One could be excused from being concerned about Smyly’s injury history combined with this injury, but it looks like, for the moment, that the Braves at least dodged THAT bullet.
Now if they other 20 guys or however many it is now that are out could get healthy, that would be super duper.