Braves Get Update on Kyle Wright's Injury Status Ahead of Opening Day
Kyle Wright's right shoulder isn't quite ready for action, but it's getting closer based on an injury update out of Spring Training on Monday.
According to Braves beat reporter Mark Bowman, Wright will miss the official start of Spring Training games this weekend but is still expected to be ready for the start of the regular season after recently receiving a cortisone shot.
Kyle Wright Injury Update
Overall, this is good news for Atlanta. The team would rather be cautious with him now rather than push him and risk additional injury, especially if it enables him to be ready for Opening Day next month.
It's not surprising that the 27-year-old right-hander is still feeling the after-effects of his 2022 breakout campaign. After logging just 70 innings over his first four MLB seasons combined, Wright logged 180 1/3 over 30 starts for the Braves last year, plus an additional 6-inning outing in the playoffs. Wright's arm and shoulder hadn't experienced that type of workload before, so Atlanta is being careful to get him ready for the 2023 campaign.
The Braves are counting on him to be a mainstay in their rotation again after leading MLB with 21 wins last year. His emergence as an ace was a big reason why Atlanta caught the New York Mets in the standings at the end of the season, so a similar performance this year would go a long way toward helping the Braves potentially repeat as NL East champions.