Braves place LHP Fried (blister) on DL

Reuters

Atlanta Braves left-hander Max Fried was placed on the 10-day disabled list because of a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand, the team announced before Friday's game at Milwaukee.

In a corresponding move, the Braves recalled right-hander Evan Phillips from Triple-A Gwinnett.

This marks the latest in a recurring issue for Fried, who has battled blister problems several times in his young career. In his most recent start, a 7-2 defeat against the Brewers on Thursday, the 24-year-old allowed four runs in three innings after the blister began bothering him and he had to be pulled.

"With [Fried's] history, it has never worked before unless he has taken a lot of time off," Braves manager Brian Snitker told reporters. "If he takes the 10 days, we can kind of stay ahead of it. If he keeps trying to pitch, it's just going to get worse, and be three weeks instead of 10 days."

Fried is 1-3 with a 3.92 ERA in seven appearances (three starts) this season, including 25 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings.

Because Atlanta has a pair of off-days next week, Snitker told reporters that Fried's spot in the rotation does not need to be filled immediately.

The rookie Phillips, 23, has been recalled twice this week by Atlanta. He had been sent down to Gwinnett two days ago after surrendering two runs in 2 1/3 innings in his major league debut against the New York Yankees on Tuesday.

--Field Level Media

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