Braves' Max Fried scratched due to potential COVID exposure

Thu Mar 4 6:04pm ET

NORTH PORT. Fla. (AP) Atlanta Braves pitcher Max Fried won't make his first scheduled start of spring training because of a potential exposure to someone with COVID-19.

Braves manager Brian Snitker said Thursday that Fried hasn't tested positive for the virus, ut the team is taking no chances.

The left-hander had been scheduled to start Friday against the Minnesota Twins.

''We're laying him low for a couple of days,'' Snitker said.

Fried, a 17-game winner in 2019, went 7-0 with a 2.25 ERA last season and finished fifth in the NL Cy Young Award balloting.