The Atlanta Braves kick off the second half of the season this weekend in a series against the reeling Angels. The club currently sits 1.5 games behind the division-leading Mets with the trade deadline approaching. Many have speculated Alex Anthopoulos will target righty relief arms and lefty bats to platoon in the outfield, but the team could be welcoming back a bevy of injured players to fill those spots.
One name, in particular, that could be making his return to Atlanta soon is Kirby Yates, but he isn’t the only arm the Braves have rehabbing. Mike Soroka has been out of the game for two years as he recovers from back-to-back season-ending Achilles injuries. Before the series against Los Angeles, Brian Snitker gave an update on the Canadian.
Asked if Soroka should now be viewed as a longshot for this year, Snitker said he doesn’t start focusing on that until guys get later in their rehab.
So, if you do the math, Soroka isn’t likely an option until September. I’d deem that a longshot.
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) July 22, 2022
The update on Soroka is vague, but he did recently suffer a setback after a comebacker struck him on the knee. Thankfully, it was only precautionary. Soroka has seemingly been dealt every bad hand imaginable yet continues to persist. He’s been battling back, but I wouldn’t expect a return any earlier than the middle of August. Bowman suggests a September return, which is probably more realistic. However, the most likely outcome is probably Soroka returning next season.
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