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Atlanta Braves ace Max Fried scratched from Friday start

Oct 17, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried (54) throws the ball during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game six of the 2020 NLCS at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 17, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried (54) throws the ball during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game six of the 2020 NLCS at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried will not take the mound for his first start of the spring Friday because of possible exposure to COVID-19.

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Fried has not tested positive for the virus, according to manager Brian Snitker, but the left-hander may have been in close contact to someone who tested positive.

Snitker does not want to take any unnecessary risks with his front-of-the-rotation starter this early in the spring.

“We’re laying him low for a couple of days,” Snitker said in advance of Friday’s game against the Minnesota Twins.

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Fried went 7-0 with a 2.25 ERA in 11 starts during last year’s shortened season. He won 17 games in 2019.

–Field Level Media