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The Daily Chop: Max Fried throws live BP, early MVP favorite and more

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Barring a setback, Fried should return to the rotation next week.

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Max Fried took another positive step forward throwing a live BP session prior to Thursday’s game against the Cubs. Brian Snitker declined to say when Fried would rejoin the rotation but all signs seem to point to it either being Tuesday or Wednesday against the Nationals.

“We’ll see how he is coming in,” Snitker said. “I thought he looked really good today. It was real encouraging.”

Fried isn’t the only pitcher that is close to returning. Sean Newcomb could rejoin the team on Friday in time for their series opener in Dunedin against the Blue Jays. Chris Martin is also progressing and could be activated sometime next week.

More Braves News

The Braves saw their winning streak come to an end on Thursday with a 9-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

MLB Pipeline lists one prospect for each team that they are most excited to see in 2021. For the Braves, it is outfielder Drew Waters who will begin the season at Triple-A next week.

Waters has all five tools at his disposal, with his approach at the plate in the past the only thing that’s remotely held him back. That’s a weird thing to say given he reached Triple-A at age 20. The talented outfielder focused on that approach at the alternate site last year and if he can cut down his strikeout rate a bit in 2021, he should make enough noise to join Cristian Pache and Ronald Acuña Jr. in Atlanta soon enough.’s Thomas Harrigan lists the early frontrunners for MVP in the American and National League. No surprise, but Mike Trout tops the list in the AL while Atlanta’s Ronald Acuña Jr. headlines the field in the NL.

MLB News

The Los Angeles Dodgers placed reliever Brusdar Graterol on the 10-day injured list due to forearm tightness. LA recalled right-hander Edwin Uceta to take Graterol’s spot on the roster.

Matt Adams is back in the major leagues after having his contract selected by the Colorado Rockies Thursday. Adams signed a minor league deal with the Rockies last month. He hit .184/.216/.347 in 51 plate appearances for the Braves in 2020.

The Milwaukee Brewers placed pitchers Corbin Burnes and Zack Godley on the 10-day injured list Thursday. Godley is sidelined due to a contusion on his right index finger. The Brewers didn’t disclose why Burnes was being placed on the injured list which usually means that he would be dealing with a COVID situation.

Veteran left hander Wade LeBlanc cleared waivers and elected to become a free agent. LeBlanc was designated for assignment by the Orioles earlier this week.