Michael Cunningham: Max Fried to return, but can Braves patch rotation for October?

Probably every Braves backer that heard left-hander Max Fried was headed to the injured list figured that if he’s out for the season, then the Braves are finished. That wouldn’t be an overreaction, which tells you something about the state of rest of the rotation.“We’re extremely confident this will be short-lived,” general manager Alex Anthopoulos said, alleviating those fears.If that optimism is warranted, then Fried will miss no more than two starts because of lower back tightness. That’s not optimal given that the Braves are 8-1 when he starts and 16-16 when he doesn’t. But the Braves are …

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