The latest update on Mike Soroka as he continues to rehab from his torn Achilles is another positive one. According to 680 The Fan’s Grant McAuley, Brian Snitker said today that Soroka has thrown live batting practice three times this spring and continues to run and do defensive drills. There is still no timetable for him to make his return to the mound in a game, but it looks like it could come before Spring Training ends.
Mike Soroka has thrown live batting practice three times. He'll continue to face hitters, run, and go through fielding drills. Brian Snitker said Soroka looks good. No timetable yet on when he'll make an exhibition start. #Braves
— Grant McAuley (@grantmcauley) March 9, 2021
Soroka hasn’t been shy about the fact that he wants to be ready for Opening Day. However, the Braves are rightfully taking things extremely cautiously with him, as they do with every player, especially so early in the season. Given how much depth the Braves have when it comes to their rotation, there is absolutely no reason to rush him back. That is probably not what Soroka wants to hear, but it is the right move.
Hopefully, the Maple Maddux will make his Spring Training debut sometime in the next couple of weeks. If he does, that will give him an outside shot at beginning the season on the Opening Day roster. However, I expect either Bryse Wilson or Kyle Wright to occupy his spot in the rotation for at least the first couple of weeks. Huascar Ynoa also has an outside shot of making a spot start if he continues to impress in Spring Training.