Braves have no plans to shut Soroka, Fried down early

Dukes & Bell
August 01, 2019 - 3:31 pm
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried

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The team has no plans to shut young pitchers Mike Soroka or Max Fried down early or saddle them with innings limitations, Atlanta Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulous told Dukes & Bell on Thursday.

The Braves GM joined Dukes & Bell to talk about the team adding three relief pitchers at the MLB trade deadline, but the conversation turned to starting pitchers Soroka and Fried.

"The innings totals that these guys will have, we do not have a number in mind," Anthopoulos said. "I think it's been proven that trying to limit guys' innings, it's been proven that it doesn't ensure or create certainty that these guys are going to have health. There have been plenty of guys from my experiences, whether it's from the L.A. Dodgers with Julio Urias or guys I had in Toronto... shut them down with innings limits and stuff they still got hurt. So, it has yet to be proven to me that that is a way to ensure that guys stay healthy.

"So, we will not... we do not have any plans to shut any of them down at this moment. If, as we move on in the season we notice some things that are concerning and we feel like that's something we need to do, we will do it. We will preserve their... we will put their careers first and foremost, no matter what. If we feel like they need to skip a start, maybe not need to throw bullpens in between, maybe we need to limit how much they throw during a game, we'll do that as well.

"But right now we're basically start to start, day to day and we're on top of these guys and we're well aware of it. Four months in they've done well."

Soroka is 10-2 with a 2.37 ERA and has thrown 114 innings in 2019. Last season he tossed 56 1/3 innings and the two years prior to that he handled 153 2/3 innings (2017) and 143 innings 2016).

Fried is 11-4 with a 4.21 ERA and has thrown 109 innings in 20 starts with two relief appearances. Fried threw 111 1/3 innings in 2018, 118 2/3 innings in 2017 and 103 innings in 2016.