The Braves season is off to a sluggish start, but that pales in comparison to the horrendous news we received today. Mike Soroka, who tore his Achilles last August, has suffered a setback on the surgically repaired tendon. He will obviously be shut down and is scheduled to have exploratory surgery.
Soroka has setback with surgically repaired Achilles. pic.twitter.com/bAmdJM1coE
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) May 12, 2021
Hopefully, the surgery brings back some good news, and it’s just a minor setback, but it sure seems like a long shot that he returns this season. Even if he does, he likely won’t be ready until August or September at the earliest. Soroka was also recovering from a shoulder issue before this incident. He had just begun ramping things back up last week.
This is a tough pill for the Braves to swallow. Without Soroka, it will be extremely difficult to make a deep run in the playoffs. But that’s not what really bothers me. We’re talking about one of the best 23-year-olds on the planet at his craft thanks to his talent and work ethic, and he just can’t seem to catch a break as far as injuries are concerned. If this is another severe issue, you have to wonder if he’ll ever be the same. Thankfully, he’s still young and has a lot of time to bounce back, but it’s been brutal to watch unfold over the years. Let’s just hope we receive some good news in the coming days following the surgery.
Here’s Brian Snitker talking about the setback:
"I hate it for the kid. He's worked so hard and come so far and is so dedicated to get it back. I hate it for him to have this setback. We won't know until the surgeon goes in and sees exactly what's going on." – #Braves Manager Brian Snitker on Soroka #ForTheA pic.twitter.com/jVvPX1rLxD
— Maria Martin (@Ria_Martin) May 12, 2021
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