NEW YORK -- With an eye toward an upcoming stretch of games that figures to be the most demanding of their season, the Braves have outlined their pitching plans for Tuesday's doubleheader at Washington.The club will tab Max Fried and Sean Newcomb in the twin bill, which will be the
NEW YORK -- With an eye toward an upcoming stretch of games that figures to be the most demanding of their season, the Braves have outlined their pitching plans for Tuesday's doubleheader at Washington.
The club will tab Max Fried and Sean Newcomb in the twin bill, which will be the first of two Atlanta will play over the course of the week. Following Monday's off-day, the doubleheader will also open a stretch of 48 games in 48 days.
That Fried appeared in Saturday's 3-0 loss to the Mets did not change these plans. Instead, the Braves will consider Fried's one inning of work a de facto side session, which would have been scheduled for this weekend anyway.
"It actually worked out pretty good that we coud get him on the mound prior to Tuesday," manager Brian Snitker said.
The possibility of needing Fried in long relief, whether it was for Kevin Gausman on Saturday or Julio Teheran on Sunday, forced the club to brainstorm contingency plans. Kolby Allard, who was optioned back to Triple-A Gwinnet following his MLB debut last week, would've been the likely candidate to start Tuesday in Fried's place.
But now the club is more likely to promote reliever Wes Parsons as Tuesday's 26th man, given that Gausman lasted five-plus innings in his Braves debut. The Braves expect to have the bullpen depth to cover Teheran if he goes short in Sunday's series finale, with Jesse Biddle and A.J. Minter available again after getting days off Saturday.
The club could also promote a position player, which it's considering.
"It all depends on what we need," Snitker said.
Fried's relief appearance Saturday was his first since May. He's gone 1-2 with a 2.75 ERA in four starts at the big league level in that span. He allowed one run over five innings in his most recent start, a 5-1 loss to the Dodgers on July 28. Newcomb, on the other hand, is coming off the most dominant start of his young career. The second-year lefty will be on three extra days' rest after carrying a no-hitter into the ninth last weekend at Dodger Stadium. He threw a career-high 134 pitches in the effort.
Around the horn
• The Braves aren't the only one with schedule issues. Gwinnett played its first game in four days Friday after three consecutive rainouts wiped out a chunk of its scheduled four-game set with Durham. When the Stripers finally returned to the field, good things happened. No. 2 prospect Kyle Wright led a three-pitcher no-hit effort that lasted 7 1/3 innings in what ended as a 5-4 win over the Norfolk Tides. It was the first start at Triple-A for Wright, who walked four and struck out five over 5 2/3 innings. The 22-year-old has made 30 starts across four levels since Atlanta made him the No. 5 overall pick in the 2017 Draft.
"He's come a long way in a hurry," Snitker said. "He's rushing through the system pretty quick. … Last year, everybody felt really good about that pick. We knew he was an advanced guy."
Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz.