Atlanta Braves Player News: All Positions

News: Fried is scheduled to start the Braves' sixth game of the season April 4 against the Cubs, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Assuming Fried isn't used out of the bullpen during the first five games, the southpaw will join Atlanta's rotation during the team's second series of the season. With Kevin Gausman (shoulder) expected to join the rotation shortly after his scheduled start -- and Mike Foltynewicz (elbow) and Mike Soroka (shoulder) not far behind -- Fried's stay in the rotation could be brief. Fried owns a 2.35 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 16:5 K:BB through 15.1 innings this spring.
News: Gausman (shoulder) will begin the season on the injured list, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Gausman is behind schedule due to a minor shoulder issue that delayed him earlier in camp, so the right-hander will stay back at extended spring training to get up to speed before joining the rotation when first eligible (April 5 against the Marlins). He tossed 58 pitches in a minor-league game Tuesday but will need to get up to 90 pitches before being cleared to join the rotation.
News: Wright will start next Sunday's series finale against the Phillies.
Impact: Wright entered spring training trying to earn a spot in the Braves' starting rotation, and he's now set to take the mound during the opening series of the season. The 23-year-old posted a 2.51 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 28:8 K:BB over 28.2 innings at Triple-A Gwinnett last season before joining the Braves in September.
News: Wilson will start the second game of the season for the Braves, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impact: Wilson will follow Julio Teheran in the rotation, making his season debut Saturday against the Phillies. The young right-hander earned a spot in the Opening Day rotation thanks to a strong spring, during which he posted a 3.29 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 13:2 K:BB through 13.2 innings (five appearances). With Mike Foltynewicz (elbow) and Mike Soroka (shoulder) both getting healthier, Wilson may only have until the end of April or so to prove he deserves to stick in the majors.
News: Winkler was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday.
Impact: Winkler will open the season in the minors after struggling to an 8.44 ERA and 2.06 WHIP through six Grapefruit League appearances (5.1 innings). The right-hander notched a 3.43 ERA and 10.3 K/9 in 60.1 innings last season, so he should be one of the first pitchers called upon when the Braves need a fresh reliever.
News: Toussaint was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday.
Impact: This comes as a bit of a surprise, as the right-hander appeared to have the inside track at a rotation spot following injuries to Mike Foltynewicz (elbow) and Mike Soroka (shoulder). Toussaint posted an unsightly 8.62 ERA through six spring appearances (15.2 innings), but his 20:3 K:BB over that stretch is a better reflection of how he pitched. The young right-hander figures to join the big-league rotation at some point in 2019, though he'll head to the minors to work some kinks for the time being.
News: Duvall was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday.
Impact: After struggling following a midseason trade to the Braves in 2018, Duvall picked up where he left off this spring, hitting just .171/.306/.317 through 19 Grapefruit League games. As such, Atlanta opted to send the 30-year-old to the minors to open the season, leaving Matt Joyce, Charlie Culberson and Johan Camargo to compete for work as the team's fourth outfielder.