Update (8:25 PM EST): The Braves announced on Twitter that Grilli ruptured his left Achilles tendon, which will end his season, unfortunately.
Braves closer Jason Grilli appeared to hurt his ankle covering first base when Rockies outfielder Drew Stubbs was trying to beat out an infield single leading off the bottom of the ninth inning of a 2-2 game. Grilli was carted off and was replaced by David Aardsma.
The account from MLB.com’s Mark Bowman doesn’t make the situation sound good. Bowman says it appeared Grilli’s foot got caught in the grass in his attempt to cover the bag. Grilli was hanging his head and appeared to be in “significant pain“.
Grilli, 38, is one of several players the Braves have been attempting to trade. He has 24 saves with a 2.67 ERA and a 45/10 K/BB ratio in 33 2/3 innings. Jim Johnson would handle closing duties for as long as Grilli is out.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pitcher Max Fried went to salary arbitration with the Atlanta Braves for the second straight year, asking for $15 million instead of the team’s $13.5 million offer.
The 29-year-old left-hander went 14-7 for the second straight season and lowered his ERA to 2.48 from 3.04 in 2021. Fried was a first-time All-Star last season, was second to Miami’s Sandy Alcantara in Cy Young Award voting and was third in the National League in ERA behind Alcantara and Julio Urias with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Fried won a $6.85 million salary last year instead of the team’s $6.6 million proposal in arbitration. That was after he pitched six shutout innings in World Series Game 6 as the Braves won their first title since 1995.
Fried, who is eligible for free agency after the 2024 World Series, had his case heard Friday by a panel that’s expected to issue a decision Saturday.
Players have won two of three decisions so far: Pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Miami Marlins. But Seattle defeated Diego Castillo ($2.95 million).
A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe, whose case was argued Monday. About 20 more cases are scheduled through Feb. 17.