CINCINNATI -- Max Fried's Tuesday began with him anxiously racing to catch a flight in Rochester, N.Y. It ended with him looking distraught as he stared at nothing in particular while sitting at his locker following the Braves' 9-7, 12-inning loss to the Reds at Great American Ball Park.
Promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett to serve as Atlanta's long reliever for a few days, Fried was immediately pressed into action once the Braves exhausted all of their available relievers. The 24-year-old southpaw issued a leadoff walk to Joey Votto and then hung a curveball that Scooter Gennett drilled into the right-field seats for a walk-off homer.
"I had to make a better pitch," Fried said. "I left a two-strike curveball up. I was trying to get it in the dirt. He made a good swing on it. But I've got to make a better pitch in that situation."
Because Fried threw just nine pitches, the Braves may opt to keep him around to serve as a long reliever for a few more days. The plan was for him to return to Gwinnett to serve as a starter once he was used out of Atlanta's bullpen.
One way or another, the Braves will need to have a long-relief option available when Matt Wisler starts against the Reds on Wednesday night.
Fried's arrival was necessitated after right-handed reliever Miguel Socolovich needed 37 pitches to record three outs in the eighth inning of Monday's 10-4 loss to the Reds. Socolovich was designated for assignment on Tuesday.
Fried learned of his promotion late Monday night. He flew out of Rochester, at 7 a.m. ET, experienced a brief layover in Chicago and arrived in Cincinnati long before the start of Tuesday's game. He posted a 3.71 ERA as he totaled 26 innings while serving as both a starter and reliever after debuting for Atlanta last season.
Odds and ends
• Manager Brian Snitker suggested he might spend a couple days staying away from left-handed reliever Sam Freeman, who has issued eight walks over his past 2 1/3 innings, even though Freeman says he feels fine physically. He has made a Major League-high 14 appearances, but it should be pointed out that those have been spread out over a 26-day span and he hasn't had a back-to-back appearance since April 14.
• Tyler Flowers felt fine after he began his Minor League rehab stint with Gwinnett on Monday. Flowers, who has been sidelined since Opening Day with a strained left oblique, could be activated from the disabled list within the next week.