Atlanta Braves ace left-hander Max Fried exited Wednesday's start against the Miami Marlins after injuring his ankle during a rough first inning.
With none on and one out, Starling Marte bunted toward third. Fried planted his left foot, picked up the ball, spun and threw Marte out at first.
After the inning was over, Fried was seen in the dugout talking with first baseman Freddie Freeman. When the second inning began, Luke Jackson was on the mound for Atlanta.
Later in the evening, the Braves tweeted: "LHP Max Fried was removed from tonight's game as a precaution after tweaking his left ankle fielding a bunt in the first inning."
After throwing out Marte, the 26-year-old Fried promptly surrendered back-to-back homers to Jesus Aguilar and Brian Anderson, then nearly a third to Garrett Cooper, who doubled off the wall. Fried escaped further damage by getting Lewis Brinson on a groundout, but saw his ERA elevate from 1.96 to 2.25.
The Braves came back to win the game 9-4.
Atlanta (34-22) has clinched the National League East title and holds a two-game lead on the Chicago Cubs for the No. 2 seed. The Los Angeles Dodgers have clinched the No. 1 seed.
--Field Level Media