Atlanta Braves all-star pitcher Mike Soroka has been ruled likely out for the remainder of the season due to an additional setback in recovery from a torn Achilles tendon suffered last year in August. Today, the news was reported by manager Brian Snitker while appearing on “High Heat” with Chris Russo on MLB Network.
“I hate it for the kid,” Snitker said. “He’s worked so hard to come back. I hate it for him personally to have this setback.”
Mike Soroka Likely Out for Season: Injury History
This marks the second time Soroka has been moved to the 60-day injury list. The first time came as a result of experiencing shoulder inflammation five starts into his major league career in 2018. Soroka, who finished this year with only one spring training appearance, had already faced a previous setback on May 12 that added an exploratory/clean-up procedure to his road of recovery.
He had only pitched in three starts last year, posting a 3.95 ERA in just 13.2 innings pitched before his injury on August 3.
The former 2015 first-rounder had a stellar second-year campaign in 2019, compiling a 2.68 ERA with 142 strikeouts and a 13-4 record. With a second-place finish for NL Rookie of the year and sixth place for the CY Young award, there were lofty expectations about the impact Soroka would leave on the team’s rotation.
With Mike Soroka likely out for the season, the Braves lose two pivotal figures in starting pitcher Huascar Ynoa and left fielder Marcell Ozuna for a lengthy period of time. According to David O’Brien of The Athletic, Soroka will still be reevaluated in two weeks in search of any optimism, following his previous exploratory/clean-up procedure on May 17.
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