We received some positive injury news yesterday, as David O’Brien informed us that both Max Fried and Chris Martin are close to returning. However, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows, as Jon Morosi of The MLB Network just reported that Mike Soroka will not be returning to the Braves before June.
Mike Soroka isn’t expected to pitch for the #Braves at the @MLB level before June, as I reported on @MLBNetwork today. While the recent MRI showed no structural damage and Soroka could begin throwing soon, he’ll need a usual “spring training” progression. @MLBNetworkRadio
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) April 27, 2021
If you’re a realist, this isn’t really that surprising. Soroka has unfortunately dealt with several substantial injuries early in his major-league career. A torn Achilles cost him nearly all of the 2020 season, and as he was nearing a return, shoulder inflammation following a simulated game forced the Braves to shut him down for even longer.
To this point, Soroka still hasn’t begun throwing again. Considering he will have to begin just by tossing the ball around and work his way to 80-90 live pitches before the Braves call him back up, it was always going to be a little while before we saw him back in Atlanta.
The promising news is Morosi suggests that Soroka could begin throwing soon. If that’s true, an early June return could be in the cards. However, at this point, I would be happy to see him back around the All-Star break.
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