It’s worth noting that the Braves had one of the cleanest Spring Trainings I can remember as far as injuries are concerned. The team didn’t lose anybody that wasn’t already dealing with an issue. But unfortunately, the script has completely flipped on them early in the season. A multitude of players have hit the 10-day IL, and several others are dealing with tweaks and bruises.
Of the group of injured players, Chris Martin may be the closest to returning. After not being able to throw last week, he’s begun to play catch. Brian Snitker informed us of this before today’s game against the Yankees. He also said that Mike Soroka has yet to begin throwing since suffering a setback nearly two weeks ago.
#Braves reliever Chris Martin (shoulder) has begun throwing, though not yet off the mound. Just playing catch, but obviously progress after not throwing for more than a week.
* Mike Soroka (shoulder) hasn't resumed throwing, Snitker said.
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) April 20, 2021
Truthfully, it sounds like neither are very close to returning. Martin will have to begin throwing off the mound, and it may even get to a point where the Braves give him a rehab stint in the minors before letting him return as the minor league season is set to resume in about two weeks.
Soroka will definitely have a rehab start or two before returning. The plan was always to shut him down for two weeks before resuming baseball activities. It hasn’t been two weeks, so it’s not time to panic yet. Still, the Braves will take things extremely slow with him. He will probably work some bullpens and have a few rehab starts before they allow him to return to the majors. We should have some more information on Soroka in the coming days, and we will keep you updated with all of the Braves injury news as it is released.
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