Our favorite Jewish left-handed Braves pitcher, Max Fried, unexpectedly returned to the big leagues Thursday, but he had to make the drive around the Perimeter from SunTrust Park in Cobb County to Coolray Field in Gwinnett County the very next day.
Fried, who began the season with AA Mississippi and quickly earned promotions to Gwinnett and then Atlanta, had a rough period working out of the Braves’ bullpen in April and May, then was sent to Gwinnett to resume his work toward being a major-league starting pitcher.
He was scheduled to pitch for the Stripers on Thursday, May 17, but when rookie starter Mike Soroka was placed on the disabled list with a strained shoulder, the Braves called up Fried to make the start at SunTrust against the Chicago Cubs instead.
Unfortunately, the game was rained out.
Rather than send Fried out Friday night against the Miami Marlins, the Braves decided to call up the next pitcher in the Stripers’ starting rotation, Matt Wisler, and returned Fried to AAA Gwinnett.
Fried made his first major-league start last year against the Cubs at Wrigley Field and earned the win with a sterling performance.