The Braves have designated righty Miguel Socolovich for assignment, per a club announcement. He’ll be replaced on the active roster by southpaw Max Fried.
Socolovich came up for a pair of appearances, allowing three earned runs in three innings. The 31-year-old carries a 4.41 ERA in his 85 2/3 career frames at the MLB level.
Fried, meanwhile, likely features more prominently in the team’s long-term plans. The former top prospect cracked the majors last year and gave the Braves 26 innings of 3.81 ERA pitching. But he had only just ascended to the upper minors in 2017 and opened the current season back at Triple-A.
Thus far in the current campaign, Fried has allowed only three earned in 15 2/3 innings over his three starts, with 16 strikeouts and seven walks. The free passes continue to be a bit of a concern, as he has steadily given up more than four per nine innings since joining the professional ranks.
It’s unclear at this point whether Fried will get a chance to join the Atlanta rotation, but it seems likely he’ll open in a long relief role. Notably, since he’s already on the 40-man, the move leaves the Braves with an opening that could be filled in the near future by the just-signed Jose Bautista.
I mean, this is the right move. But prob shouldn’t have brought mike up to begin with. Our bullpen is bleeding right now. Wouldn’t be surprised to see s Freeman on the dL soon.
As long as Sam stops coming in and walking the first batter, I’d be happy.
it’s a carousel lmao
The idea was to let the young guys stay down and get some more experience. The team is performing well offensively and within the division so that changes things a bit. Time to use some of these arms as replacements in the bullpen and/or rotation. It’s an aggressive move and I think most fans will appreciate it.
plus I feel like Fried has had plenty of time in the minors. it’s not a bad idea to break some of these young arms into the bigs as relievers to see what they’ve got at the major league level. our bullpen also lacks depth. i feel we have a solid back end, but it really drops off once you’ve used up minter, viz, winkler, and freeman (when he’s going good).
could we possibly bring in someone who pitches to contact? just a thought
I guess we need Teheran in the damn bullpen to win a game
Freeman’s problem is that he was overused (extremely) in the first 12 to 14 games. I think his arm is tired and needs rest and gradual reintroduction to the lineup.
Fried actually started the season at double A Mississippi and moved to triple A when Aaron Blair got injured.