NEED TO FACE MORE LEFTHANDERS: The Cubs are hitting . for-95) with an . OPS against left-handed pitching, but have just a .
The Atlanta Braves made a pitching change prior to Friday's afternoon game against the host Chicago Cubs. The Braves placed left-hander Drew Smyly on the 10-day injured list with inflammation of his pitching forearm prior to his scheduled start. Atlanta summoned right-hander Kyle Wright from the team's alternate training site to start Friday's game.
The Braves lineup for the series opener at Wrigley Field looks like this... at least until the team announces that someone else (please no) has been scratched and sent to the Injured List ahead of game time. Ehire Adrianza, who had a pinch-hit single yesterday afternoon, draws the start in lieu of Austin Riley at the hot corner.